Bear and Forgive

Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Colossians 3:13-14

Why is the most relative and present thing to do usually also the most difficult?

Imagine you spend your life, at least the last twenty-two years of it, thinking you have some kind of grasp on God, on His movements, His character, and how and why He does what He does. Then imagine you begin to find that God is unlike any of your presuppositions, assumptions, expectations, or recognition.

He becomes much more unpredictable, present in love, and grace-giving than you ever realized. At least He has in my life. He shows up in people who are unlike me but have so much to teach me, voices that say the hard things that I really do not like or want to hear, and in love that comes with bearing with one another and forgiving and also in the form of grace when it appears where you thought it would never be.

Why are relationships usually the most challenging parts of our lives?

Because God is ALWAYS in the most challenging parts of our lives. It’s like He sets up camp there, starts a fire, and begins cooking dinner for the both of us. And then He wants to have a conversation…and it’s like it’s you and Him but it’s not really you and Him…it’s through a person, a situation, or an interaction. It’s a brief talk with someone on the way into the office, a back and forth with the drive-thru attendant, waiter/waitress, gas station employee, or retail store worker. It’s also in the awkward. It all comes out of nowhere… or somewhere depending on how you look at it I guess.

Grace,

J

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Published by: jkylevincent

I am, first and foremost, a child of God. I am a family man - husband of Laura, father of Lincoln James, brother of Cally, and son of Anthony and Pam. I am blessed with a rich and deep vocation of directing and training teams of musicians at Broadway United Methodist Church in Bowling Green, Kentucky. This same vocation also has me leading out as a worshiper, songwriter, musician, poet, and wherever else I'm called in between.

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