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Asbury Bible Commentary – A. General Exhortation (4:1–3)
A. General Exhortation (4:1–3)

By way of general exhortation, Paul notes that humility and gentleness are characteristic attitudes for believers, as are patience and forbearance. (For a longer list, see Gal 5:22.) Love makes one less apt to judge others (cf. 1Co 13:4-7). Each of these characteristics, when practiced within the community of faith, aids in maintaining harmony, the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.