Forbearing One Another in Love
- Date: May 9, 2018
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” (Matthew 11:29)
- From No Greater Love
Scripture says in Ephesians, Chapter 4, "I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that you walk worthy of the vocation wherewith you are called." Now, the whole context of this, beginning here in Chapter 4, is unity. I mean, you can see it as you read down. He's very clearly speaking of the unity of the body of Christ. There's one body, there's one Lord, there's one faith.
So He says, "I want you to walk worthy of this vocation, this calling that's been put upon you and with all lowliness and meekness with longsuffering." Take a moment and look at these words. Give some time to them: Lowliness… meekness… longsuffering or forebearance-does that describe you? Now, here's your calling: "I call you to be lowly." He said, "Come and learn of me for I am what?" "Meek and lowly." Come and learn to be meek and lowly of heart. "Take my yoke upon you and learn of me…" (Matthew 11:29).
So the vocation that we're being called to, of course, is emulating Jesus; and His admonition is to take this yoke: "Learn of Me; and if you're going to be effective for me in the kingdom, if you're going to accomplish and contribute your part to unity." Are you contributing your part, or are you doing your thing? Are you preeminent here? Are you the most important person here? Are you the most spiritual person here? You're the one that's got your act together? Do you know more Scripture than everybody else? Are you a little more disciplined? How do you see yourself? Are you the greatest among us? And if you are, the Scripture says you must be what? [The servant of all, Mark 10:44]
So as the Holy Spirit is speaking through the apostle here, He says, "I want you, with lowliness and meekness and longsuffering, to forebear one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace, for there is one body, there is one Spirit, even as you are called in one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all, through all, and in every one of you, in you all" (verses 1-6). Equally in you all. Wow! A calling to unity through humility. There cannot be unity without humility. There cannot be unity when we think we're above. There can be no unity without teachability, without a heart that truly believes it doesn't know everything, a heart that truly believes that its perception is not necessarily always the ultimate truth. You see, this is the byproduct of love. Forbearing one another in love.
"Forbearance" is really the ability to hold up. Not only to build up, but to hold in place and to stand firm and keep stable those that are around us. Now, let's remember, as we're talking about this, we're not only talking about the stabilizing of their spiritual lives, but we're talking about the stabilizing of our unit, our body, the community. We're called to bring a stability to the community through our humility and through our heart to serve; and it causes people to want to emulate. Why? Because it's supernatural.
You know, I've been around, and I've seen a lot of demonstration of the spirit of power and miracles. But I think the things that have affected me most over all of these years is when you contact those people that are genuinely humble servants. And I so admire that, because it's so not in me and I want to be like that. I said I've known the power. I've known the power of God. I know what it means to have perceivable virtue come out of you. I'm not talking about just praying a prayer of faith, I'm talking about virtue coming out of you. And I've known some recently. The Spirit of Jesus rise up in me with a true servant's heart, and I will choose that every day over the power of God. "By this shall men know that you're my disciples when you have love one for another" (John 13:35).