Forbearing One Another In Love
In Matthew 18 when Peter asked Jesus how often that he should forgive a brother who sinned against him, Jesus responded not seven times, but seventy times seven.
Longsuffering is defined as showing patience even in the midst of troubles especially those caused by others. A synonym that is associated- uncomplaining.
Wow, how often do we complain about the offences of others, even those we deeply love? How much focus and energy do we put into the behaviors we despise while forgetting to notice all the good.
It is hard to be longsuffering and patient without complaining. Yet, how often has God been merciful and longsuffering with us. How often have we complained about all the things that are going wrong, about all the less than desirable circumstances when God has given us so much to love and be thankful for in our lives.
Paul exhorts us, as the body of Christ, in Ephesians to be forbearing with one another in love for unity and peace. Verse 7 of Ephesians 4 says that every one of us is given grace as a gift of Christ. Let us seek to pass that grace on. When it becomes a struggle, the Holy Spirit will help us as we ask.
Have I been forbearing, but with a complaining spirit?
I have so much to be thankful for in my life and all my relationships. Father, forgive me for my complaining. I do not want to be as the Israelites when You brought them from Egypt seeing all the goodness You provide, but focusing on what I don't like. Help me to be longsuffering with all those you place in my life, as you have been longsuffering with me. To be filled with love and gratitude not murmuring.
Thank You for all the love in my life for I know every good and perfect gift comes from above. (James 1:17)