Colossians 3:13 NIV
Bear with means to be tolerant and patient with someone. This is not the easiest task when the someone we are talking about has hurt us. The last thing we want to do is bear with them.
Our flesh is fragile. When we are hurting or in pain we are like any other animal and our first inclination is to lash out. However, God has placed us above the animals. (Genesis 1:26-28)
We cannot give into our flesh in this way. We are called to tolerate one another and then forgive each other of our grievances. This is the ultimate test of our humility.
Are we willing to humble ourselves to not have our grievances vindicated by our hand? This after all is not our job. (Romans 12:18-19) It is through His grace unfolding in our lives that we will have the power to bear with and forgive one another.
Considerations for your planner:
- How are you letting go of logic and going after grace? Our flesh hungers for logic but our faith craves grace. Write out how you can bear with someone whom you have a grievance with.
A Prayer for Our Community:
Father, forgive us when we fall short. Help us to forgive ourselves. Grow in us the grace that you so freely pour out. We want to let go of logic and go after grace. Help us to lean into what you've called us to and not into the fleshly pain that tries to consume us. Amen.
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