Bear with one another

By Karen Isbell

So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.” Colossians 3:13

A single text.

It messed up this organized girls perfectly scheduled day. If there is one thing I love, it is a neatly scheduled and planned out day. So you can imagine what my attitude was like after the text…not joyful to say the least.

Thankfully, the change in schedule gave me a little longer drive to my first meeting and gave the Lord some time to work on my heart and attitude. Although, the question He gently whispered was not the one I wanted to hear.

“Are you willing to inconvenience yourself and bear with others for the sake of the Kingdom?”

a resounding NO!!! is what I wanted to shout, flailing my arms and stomping my feet. I don’t want to lay down my “right” to my schedule. I don’t want to lay down my “right” to teach them a lesson about procrastination.

But, that “for the sake of the Kingdom” part got me…there was a lot more at stake than my neatly scheduled day and teaching a lesson. People’s eternity was on the line.

So I waved the white flag of surrender, laying down my rights yet again…but it didn’t stop there.

“Will you joyfully bear with others for the sake of the Kingdom?”

That was even harder…you mean I don’t get to complain about changing around my day and brag about how nice I am? Talk about some burnt flesh being revealed :)

As I have continued to meditate on this verse and let the Lord work in this area of stinky, burnt flesh, I have seen how much more peace and joy bearing with others has brought me. I had begun to see this at work in our marriage over the last 8 months, but now He is causing it to overflow into all parts of my life. I am beginning to see the beauty of it fully displayed in the Body of Christ.

It’s not easy to bear with one another. It requires a constant laying down of our rights and the putting on of love, compassion, patience, kindness. But, the fruit is that the world sees that we belong to Him, because of our love towards one another.

“By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:35

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