Last time we talked about becoming and being, rather than rushing and doing. You can click here to read about our focus on patience. As promised, let’s take a look at other life qualities that let us slowly enjoy the ride in our interpersonal relationships. Some are harder than others but it’s not the doing in our own strength, but the be-ing that makes the ride pleasant. We can:

  • Be kind to the person who takes your parking spot. “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32 NIV
  • Be loving to the annoying neighbor whose lawn service wakes us early on Saturday morning. “And over all these virtues put on love…” Colossians 3:14a NIV
  • Be interested in someone else’s hobby even though it’s not one we would pursue. “Honor one another above yourselves.” Romans 12:10 NIV

  • Be a listener when we also have something to say. “Let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak.” James 1:19 NIV
  • Be present to one who needs help and encouragement even when we’re pressed for time. “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” Philippians 2: 3-4 NIV
  • Be informed before offering an opinion. “Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.” Proverbs 11:14 ESV
  • Be real and transparent rather than try to impress that we’ve got it all together. “The integrity of the upright guides them.” Proverbs 11:3 ESV.
  • Be last in line and give someone your place ahead. “Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.” Romans 12:16 NIV

 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”  Galatians 5: 22-23 (NIV)

Which especially speaks to you? Others to add? How have you been the recipient and what has it meant to you?





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