Ron Lutz ~ Ephesians 4:1-6
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
“The greatest disease in the West today is not TB or leprosy; it is being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for. We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love. There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread but there are many more dying for a little love.” -Mother Teresa
Of all the marvelous things, perhaps there is nothing that angels behold with such supreme astonishment as a proud man. -Charles Caleb Colton
“The essence of gospel-humility is not thinking more of myself or thinking less of myself, it is thinking of myself less.” -Tim Keller
“When God was merciful to us, we learned to be merciful with one another. When we received forgiveness instead of judgment, we too were made ready to forgive each other. What God did to us, we then owed to others. The more we received, the more we were able to give.” -Dietrich Bonhoeffer
I commit myself to giving only good reports about others. When this is not possible, I purpose to remain silent or go privately to the person and explain the offense that would prevent me from giving a good report. I will go in a spirit of genuine love and gentleness, having first examined and corrected my own attitudes and actions. –Welcome to New Life Notebook
I will pursue harmony and peace within our church in every possible way. If there are policies or decisions made by the elders and other leaders with which I do not agree or may not understand, I will go to them and make my concerns known, rather than going to others with the possibility of sowing seeds of dissension and division. –Welcome to New Life Notebook