Bear with One Another
Read Colossians 3:12–17
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
The peace of Christ rules in us as we clothe ourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience, bearing with and forgiving one another. When we do the opposite—acting with indifference, intolerance, selfishness, harshness, or agitation, refusing to extend grace or forgiveness—our souls, hearts, and minds cannot rest. The mere fact that Paul mentions that we must “bear with each another” means that we will be annoyed, irritated, and frustrated by those with whom we are in relationship. And when that happens, because we ourselves are loved by God, we are to love. Not leave. Love. Not ignore. Love. Not tolerate. Love.
- Who are the people that most often annoy, irritate, or frustrate you? What has your response to those people been? How is your heart and soul when you need to spend time with them?
- What fears come to mind for you when you consider “bearing with” those who consistently frustrate you? How might this passage inform how you love those that frustrate you?
- What invitation do you sense God extending to you when it comes to “bearing with” those you’re in relationship with?
God, thank You for the gift of my family, friends, and community. Help me to clothe myself with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience so that those I encounter feel loved and valued. Guide me as I seek to bear with and forgive, things that my own pride or selfishness can cause me to avoid. Fill me with Your Spirit and help me love like You do. Amen.