TRUE LOVE: TOLERATE OTHERS

Be tolerant with one another and forgive one another whenever any of you has a complaint against someone else. You must forgive one another just as the Lord has forgiven you (Colossians 3:13 GNB).

It is common to find people who get easily infuriated or exasperated and who exhibit anger that is unbecoming. They could make comments like, “I can’t stand that guy or lady”.

They even complain and whine about the Church: “I can’t stand this place; it’s just somehow; I don’t think I’ll keep coming to this Church.” They have people, places, and things they cannot tolerate. Please beloved of God, do not be that way!

Think about this: The Holy Spirit created the whole world and beautified the Heavens, yet He is so humble and so gracious to live in you. In all His greatness and magnificence, He considers you qualified to be His house, His living tabernacle. In spite of your imperfections and idiosyncrasies, He still loves you. Why then should you, for whatever reason, say you cannot stand someone else? Why should you resent or find anyone repulsive?

Be humble and emulate the Holy Spirit. The Bible says, “Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; and walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us…” (Ephesians 5:1-2). If you love Jesus, it will show in your relationship with others. Be humble to accommodate and tolerate others. The Bible says no one should “…think of himself more highly than he ought to think…” (Romans 12:3). God expects you to think highly of yourself, but you are not to exalt yourself above others.

If you found yourself exhibiting traits of resentment and intolerance, consciously re-culture yourself with the Word.

WHAT IS TRUE LOVE? — REV CHRIS OYAKHILOME
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