September 21, 2022
Each day, I reflect upon a word or a phrase inspired by the readings of the day. I encourage you to do the same and perhaps incorporate that word or phrase into your daily prayer.
“I, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love…” (Ephesians 4:1-7)
WORTHY OF THE CALL: Paul’s letter to the Ephesians is full of advice. He recognized that the people of Ephesus were hesitant. They were, in effect, doing what the apostles at the ascension had done – standing there looking at the sky. Jesus was no longer there to teach them and walk with them on their journey of faith.
So, Paul offered his advice on how they should conduct themselves – be humble and gentle, be patient, love one another.
Many pieces of advice, none delivered as a directive. It was not presented as “do this or else.” Rather, something to think about and reflect upon, something to inspire, advice to be held in their hearts and used as needed.
Scripture whispers reminders in our ear. Its words of advice urge us to reach for holiness. The advice is not threatening, but rather encouraging, and meant to be held in our hearts.