“Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other as God in Christ also has forgiven you” (Ephesians 4:32).

How the Lord would have us live isn’t some great, hidden, theological mystery. The favorable disposition expected isn’t the result of conjuring up enough energy to make sure it happens in certain situations. No, that the descriptive verbs are in the present tense means this is to be the unceasing reality of who we are as followers of Christ Jesus. Thus, the action required would fade if dependent upon human determination alone. The good news is that the very thing Paul sets before is but the inclination of the Spirit of the resurrected Christ dwelling within. By refusing to quench the Spirit, this kind of faith expression becomes the reality of our lives.

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