Ephesians 4:2 "Be completely humble and gentle, be patient, bearing with one another in Love." What is Love? 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trust, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails..."
I have failed miserably these past couple of weeks or so at "bearing with one another in love." You know when you have those people in your life that you don't always agree with, but you just get over it because we are human and of course we are not always going to agree. Well, I have had that lately, which would normally be fairly easy for me to look over, but this time those disagreements have been about God and my walk, being told I am not doing things right. I get a little upset with being told my walk is not where it is supposed to be. How dare someone judge my walk with the Lord. They do not know my heart. Therefore, the "bearing with one another in Love" has been much more difficult. Being beaten down by two or three can really hurt. Quack, Quack.
Through my studies though, God has shown me that I am not bearing with one another. I have allowed my emotions to govern my life, instead of Christ. Christ did not care that people did not agree with him. Of course they did not agree with him, all He truly asked of people was to love, the greatest commandment.
We as humans seems to truly struggle with the concept of loving one another. So much is and can be healed through love: marriage, friendships, churches, lost souls, the list could go on and on, but you get the point. So God is showing me, I must love these people no matter what they think of me, my walk, or what I choose to do or not do. When God leads I follow, sometimes kicking and scream, but I follow. He is BIG enough and strong enough to let me know if I am doing or not doing something that is worthy of my calling as his child.
This is a prime example of why we need Christ as our Savior, we are all sinners, we all sin all the time and to think that we don't sin is a sin.