Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
Colossians 3:13 NIV
Bearing With One Another
Canada and the United States enjoy a unique relationship. The Canada-U.S. partnership is forged by shared geography, similar values, common interests, deep personal connections and powerful, multi-layered economic ties. Our two countries share a deep and longstanding defence and national security partnership, providing both countries with greater security than could be achieved individually. Trade and investment between Canada and the U.S. supports millions of jobs. A secure and efficient flow of goods and people across the border is vital to both countries’ economic competitiveness and prosperity.
Have you noticed that not everyone is easy to live with? If we are honest with ourselves, we would have to admit that sometimes others would find it difficult to live with us. We can be selfish, cranky, overbearing. We are created to be in relationship with others, however. Even the most introverted need to be around people sometimes. When we are born again by grace through faith, we become a part of the forever family of God. We become a brother or sister to every other follower of Jesus – it’s called being a part of the Body of Christ. And the Church is filled with people just like us – people who aren’t always easy to live with. Some people pull away, even though the Bible tells us not to. There is no such thing as Lone Ranger Christianity – after all, even the Lone Ranger had Tonto. So Paul says this 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.” Jesus prayed that we might be one, and we have a part to play in the prayer being answered.
These have been words from the heart.