Words from the Heart for Friday September 23rd, 2016
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
Ephesians 4:2 (NIV)
Bear With One Another
“How would I like to be treated?” What would happen if you responded to others in the way that you would want to be treated? Wouldn’t you be more patient and kind? Wouldn’t you be more understanding? Try to make this the way you respond to other people.
Canadians are used to having to bear up under the challenges of a Canadian winter, but sometimes it is worse than others. At one point this past January, nine provinces were under weather warnings and watches. At that time Hydro Quebec was working hard to restore power to thousands of homes, a large swath of the Prairies was in a deep freeze and southern Ontario was facing the coldest weather of the season. Even usually balmy BC was facing winter. Environment Canada advised British Columbians to postpone non-essential travel due to “hazardous winter conditions” and issued 24 winter storm warnings and one snowfall warning for various parts of the province one Sunday. The storms brought wet snow to higher elevations in the Lower Mainland and the Okanagan was hit with 35 cm of the white stuff.
There is no more a humbling experience that becoming a follower of Jesus. There is only one way for that to happen. We must be fully aware of our sinfulness, fully aware that there is nothing we can do to earn God’s favour, and nothing in our own strength that will allow us to have a relationship with our Creator. We must recognize that we are in need of a Saviour and He alone can redeem us and transform us from the inside out. When we reach that point, He then picks us up, changes our nature, gives us a heart that desires Him instead of the things of the flesh and makes us completely new. No wonder the Bible says that if anyone is in Christ, they are a new creation – the old is gone and the new has come. This affects our relationships, not only with God Himself, but with others as well. Ephesians 4:2 tells us “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” In order to become a follower of Jesus, we have had to recognize our sin and failures. We have realized how imperfect we are. Because of this, it ought to be natural for us to be patient with those who are, like us, imperfect. We are called to be patient with others, bearing with them in love. With whom today do you need to show patience and forbearance? Remember your imperfections and humbly love them today.
These have been words from the heart.