WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17
bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.
Colossians 3:13 (ESV)
RELATIONSHIP BREAKTHROUGH: BEARING WITH ONE ANOTHER
Dale Carnegie visited Yellowstone Park, where he saw a grizzly bear. The giant animal was in the center of a clearing, feeding on some discarded camp food. For several minutes, he feasted alone—no other creature dared draw near. After a few moments, a skunk walked through the meadow toward the food and took his place next to the grizzly. The bear didn’t object, and Carnegie knew why—It would cost the bear too much to get even. (How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, Dale Carnegie)
The Apostle Paul challenged the church at Colossae to “bear” with one another. The word used for “bearing” means to make an allowance for each other’s faults or simply stated, “put up with each other!” It also means to be patient with, in the sense of enduring possible difficulty. One of the challenges of relationships is that they involve two imperfect people. There are times when it’s messy and stinky, and you have to hang in there and push through with the help of the Holy Spirit.
God doesn’t want you to run away just because things get tough. Talk to God about the messy and challenging things you are having to “put up” with in your relationship. Let Ephesians 3:14-17 be your prayer today, “For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of His glory He may grant you to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love.”