The Be Free Series Continues: Week 4 | Forbearance
Forbearance is different than patience.
It is being able to be patient and to have self-control even when you are being treated wrongly. It is making the choice to not reciprocate when wronged.
Let me start with saying that this does not come natural to me. When someone treats me poorly my initial reaction is to either shut down or to say something back that is equally as stabbing. Although, I have learned to tame my tongue (most of the time) it is something that I continually have to make a conscious effort to do.
“With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.” James 3:9-12
This means that when someone says something that is downright awful to us, we should not speak back something that is also hurtful. What James is saying here is so convicting - how can we sing praise to God with the same mouth that we use to speak ill of others?
When we think of how others are made in God’s image, it allows us to shift our perspective about how we think of others - despite how they may treat us.
I challenge you this week to be quick to love and slow to speak.
I challenge you this week to think of others with the knowledge of knowing that they are man in God’s likeness.
I challenge you to be forbearing.
This week I will be challenged as well, and I look forward to hearing what the Lord shows you.
Lots of love, Megan
My hope and prayer for this devotional series is to have each of us grow together and grow in our relationship with Jesus. May we gain a better understanding of our identity in Him. I have been seeking His voice and guidance on where to start this devotional and I believe that this is the best place to start – this “Be Free” series. It will take us each one step closer to being truly free in Jesus. There is no freedom apart from Christ Jesus, who died for our sins, and once we experience that freedom, we can truly live.
Each week during this series we will soak in His truth and apply it to our daily life – one fruit of the Spirit at a time.