2 with all humility [forsaking self-righteousness], and gentleness [maintaining self-control], with patience, bearing with one another [a]in [unselfish] love.3 Make every effort to keep the oneness of the Spirit in the bond of peace [each individual working together to make the whole successful].4 There is one body [of believers] and one Spirit—just as you were called to one hope when called [to salvation]—5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism,6 one God and Father of us all who is [sovereign] over all and [working] through all and [living] in all.
Ephesians 4:2The key to understanding this and other statements about love is to know that this love (the Greek word agape) is not so much a matter of emotion as it is of doing things for the benefit of another person, that is, having an unselfish concern for another and a willingness to seek the best for another.
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