Paul urged the Ephesians and us to walk worthy of God’s calling. Then told us what to relate with—humility, gentleness, patience; accepting one another in love. He concludes this exhortation, “Do your best to maintain the unity of the Spirit by means of the bond of peace”
1I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, urge you to live in a way that is worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2demonstrating all expressions of humility, gentleness, and patience, accepting one another in love. 3Do your best to maintain the unity of the Spirit by means of the bond of peace. 4There is one body and one Spirit. Likewise, you were called to the one hope of your calling. Eph 4:1-4 ISV
With those few words, Paul presented the essentials of kingdom relationships—“right conduct, peace and joy, through the Holy Spirit; and whoever in this way devotedly serves Christ, God takes pleasure in him, and men highly commend him” (Ro 14:17b-18 WNT). He also put them in context of the body of Christ, the community of our King, the church. “…until we attain mature adulthood and the full standard of development in the Messiah” (Eph 4:13b ISV). In the remainder of Ephesians, Paul provides practical application in our lives.
Such relationship in humility, gentleness, patience and acceptance of one another in love creates an environment we get to live in. It is also the predominant witness of our faith we are to exhibit to the world.
1Now we that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. 2Let each one of us please his neighbor for that which is good, unto edifying. 3For Christ also pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell upon me. 4For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that through patience and through comfort of the scriptures we might have hope. 5Now the God of patience and of comfort grant you to be of the same mind one with another according to Christ Jesus: 6that with one accord ye may with one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
7Wherefore receive ye one another, even as Christ also received you, to the glory of God.
8For I say that Christ hath been made a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, that he might confirm the promises given unto the fathers,
9and that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy; as it is written, Therefore will I give praise unto thee among the Gentiles, And sing unto thy name. [2Sm 22:50; Ps 18:49]
10And again he saith, Rejoice, ye Gentiles, with his people. [Dt 32:43]
11And again, Praise the Lord, all ye Gentiles; And let all the peoples praise him. [Ps 117:1]
12And again, Isaiah saith, There shall be the root of Jesse, [Rv 5:5; Rev 22:16] And he that ariseth to rule over the Gentiles; On him shall the Gentiles hope. [Is 11:10; Mt 12:21]
13Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, in the power of the Holy Spirit. Ro 15:1-13 ASV