In Ephesians 4:1-6, Paul tells us what makes a great church. it’s not the size or the buildings or the staff or the programs. What makes a great church is its UNITY. Jesus taught us that others will know we are Christians by our love for one another. So Satan loves to attack that! Our unity–our love–because that is our greatest influence.
Each of us can make choices that contribute to that unity. Those choices begin with the development of three attitudes that we see in 4:2.
- Be completely humble and gentle;
- Be patient; (allowing us to…)
- Bear one another with love.
Humility + gentleness + patience = love = unity = great church
First, remember the power of humility. Humility is not seeing yourself as less important; it’s seeing others as more important. Humility is not putting yourself down; it’s lifting God up. Humility has to do with how you see yourself in relationship to others and God, and then how you act based on that.
Second, gentleness is not the same as weakness. Moses (Numbers 12:3) and Jesus (Matthew 11:29) are called gentle. Gentleness is power under control.
Finally, choose to be patient. It’s about being “long-tempered” instead of short-tempered.
The Church is a family. For a family to work, we have to learn how to make allowance for each other’s faults–bearing with one another in love.