Ephesians 4:2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
I posted my blog first things this morning. Then I posted notice and a link to it for my friends on Facebook. As I did I could see what my friends had to say and I had a negative thought about what they were doing. I shrugged it off thinking “It takes all types in the body of Christ to reach as many of the lost as possible.” Then I went to the Biblegateway to start my daily studies. This was the verse of the day.
Forbearance, ouch, there was my daily reminder smacking me in my thoughts if not my actions. I had not written anything negative, but I thought it. Please do not let me off the hook by telling me I did nothing wrong or that I am being too hard on myself. The Lord says “You can do better Larry!”
Paying attention to those little daily reminders is what brought me out of that nightmare of a life I was living into the blessed assurance I live in now. I am not perfect, but I have come a long way. I give praise and glory to God that He has encouraged me daily. We are a busy people with so many things to do and so many responsibilities. If we do not heed the daily reminders, we make slower progress in Kingdom growth.
I have been hard headed in the past but that is changing slowly. It isn’t something to be taken lightly because the mind is an independent agent. My heart is right towards God. My mind is coming along slowly. Agreeing with God is paramount in our daily salvation and that is a mental process. We have to choose to agree with God as a love response.
So is forbearance.