Sitting at my computer, looking at the verses stating the fruits of the spirit, pondering what I wanted to write on, I saw the word forbearance (patience) and I thought, “Hmm.. I’m going to Google that, I wonder what the actual definition is.”
As I read the definition of forbearance, I chuckled to myself; It is kind of comical how God works sometimes. I have been going through a yearlong trial of this word Forbearance, and here I am writing about it so bear with me, I am no expert.
Patient self-control; restraint and tolerance
The action of refraining from exercising a legal right, especially enforcing the payment of debt.
There are so many different ways I could go with this word but I will stick with one for now.
The word patient self-control, really stuck out to me. We go through things in our life that force us to wait. How are you in that waiting period? Are you forbearing? Is forbearance a part of who you are?
I think, for me, all along I thought I was forbearing until I got my socks knocked off and my character was really tested.
That is when I realized I was not forbearing at all. I praise the Lord for opening my eyes to that, it is made me a stronger person but now that I am coming out of that long trial in my life I am looking back.
I was waiting, not patiently though. I thought I was being patient at the time but you cannot see clearly when it is raining right?!
I was being forced to wait but I was not doing it patiently, enduringly, lovingly, long-sufferingly, THANKFULLY.
I challenge you today to examine your mindset. Are you being still in whatever God has called you to go through, with an open heart and mind to learn whatever it is he is wanting to teach you?
There are several translations of the word Forbearance but they all are along the lines of be still, be silent, restraint, endure.
Forbearance has another side to it: others, how you treat others.
Luke 6:33 “And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that.”
Nowadays, it is so easy to go on a rant or start an argument over social media with others who have a different view than us. There are so many things going on around the world, in the U.S. alone and with media spreading the issue, there are so many opportunities for us to voice our own opinions.
Although sometimes we can get caught up in the heat of the moment and want to share our opinion, the Lord tells us to show love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
In the end, I am always thankful the Lord allows me to endure trials because always I learn from them if I am open to receive.
God is love and love.. “bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” 1 Corinthians 13:7
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