Application points to ponder:
If we don’t love each other well, we will never love the world well and witness to Jesus well.
These qualities are a good description of what it means to live in a family. Heathy families exhibit these qualities.
Two important observations:
Agitating each other will happen!
We need to examine our hearts and be careful to:
Be humble — remember our place
Be gentle — not be self-impressed
Be patient — being able to bear up under provocation, patient
Bearing with one another in love
This is why we are “Kingdom-minded” and not exclusive. We want to see other Christians as brothers and sisters, not as competitors for our church.
We’ve used the phrase often in the EFCA recently — “Bride over Brand”