Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

Ephesians 4:2 NIV

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Bearing with One Another

In October 1915, registered nurse Emily Holmes-Orr organized eleven boys and girls under the age of thirteen from the hamlet of Northgate, Saskatchewan into a formally chartered branch of the Canadian Red Cross Society. In the 1930s, in the absence of schools and churches in that community, the older people in the hamlet believed Red Cross work “would bring something unselfish into the lives of the children. It would train them, no matter how tiny they were, to help bear the burden their country was bearing.”

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It seems there are people dealing with serious issues these days. Many are medical – physical or emotional illnesses, some of which are life-threatening. Others are dealing with broken relationships, the death of loved ones, financial crisis. It can be overwhelming. Fortunately, not everybody is going through such challenges. Within the body of Christ, some are suffering while others are not. There is no coincidence here. The Lord knows what is happening in your life at the moment and in Ephesians 4:2 he says “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” We are called to bear with one another in love. If things are going relatively smoothly for you at the moment, and certainly if these are good days for you, humbly and gently you are to come alongside those who are going through challenging times. You are called to bear with them in love, being the hands and feet of Jesus. Who do you know that is experiencing some challenges these days? How can you bear their burdens? They need you. Be patient with them, love them and serve them. Take the time to be Jesus for them today.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley