In Ephesians 4:1-3, Paul writes “...I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”
Nigel spoke brilliantly from this passage on Sunday evening, encouraging us to “bear with each other” and to forgive each other. It was part of our series looking at the “each other” verses in the Bible (other talks have been on serve, love, spur on, pray for, encourage each other), challenging us to be a caring and united community of believers in Bicester. It is our love and compassion for others that will makes us distinctive as disciples of Christ. And how awesome it is to be part of a community where we look out for and humbly value each other. It is so easy to unintentionally upset or offend someone, but let’s react in love and be honest with each other, especially as we approach the busy-ness of Christmas. I would really recommend listening on the website if you missed some of the talks in the series, and maybe try googling “each other verses in the Bible”.
The Message version of the Ephesians passage says “I want you to get out there and walk—better yet, run!—on the road God called you to travel… And mark that you do this with humility and discipline—not in fits and starts, but steadily, pouring yourselves out for each other in acts of love, alert at noticing differences and quick at mending fences.”
That version mentioned the word “run” which got me thinking. Recently, I have taken up “running”. Well I call it running, but it is more a very slow jog! One of the main reasons I started and have kept going is because of the support and encouragement from the parkrun community. Having people smiling and cheering for you as you run makes you want to keep trying. And there’s always a tail walker, so you know you won’t come last! I should also mention Al, who sometimes runs alongside me when I am getting tired, motivating me to keep going. He hasn’t yet had to carry me!
Let’s keep looking out for each other, running alongside each other and cheering each other on.