My friends, this week, we are focusing on FORBEARANCE.
The simple definition of forbearance is abstaining from the enforcement of ones right.
How so often I have felt the need to tell people off because they have encroached on “my rights”. Friends, the lack of forbearance for one another is rooted in unforgiveness and what this does is drain the life out of us and leave us with a mixed feeling of pride and self-righteousness.
The path to forbearing with one another is found in Colossians 3:13 “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you”.
When I am faced with this situation, the method I use is self-analysis – asking whether enforcing my rights will be a testimony to God’s love to people around me or otherwise.
Friends, when faced with a situation like this, I encourage you to:
- Pray and in prayer, be honest with God about your feelings – remember, He already knows your heart – so don’t even try walking in deception – it is futile
- Be intentional about your decision
- Let the word of God guide your outcome and response.
Christ follower, choose to walk in forbearance this week. If you are currently not a Christ follower, Jesus died for you on the cross so you will not perish but have everlasting life – come and experience His love today.
All glory to God!
About The Author
Agnes is a leader with proven business acumen in a variety of industries. She holds an executive MBA from the University of Hull, United Kingdom, and is also a Certified Meeting Planner (CMP).She is the author of God Cares for Me in Every Season: Godly Insights for Singleness, Marriage and Divorce; The Provisions of God: Insights from a Cat Named Mascot, and Weekly Insights for the Workplace: A Devotional for Christian Professionals
Scripture references from NIV unless otherwise noted.