Once again I’m trying to figure out an aspect of my faith, in this case wrestling with what is supposed to be a simple command: “Forbear one another”. So I’m trying to ask myself a few simple questions:

What does it mean to forbear (bear with or give slack to) one another and what does it look like in your life?

What does it mean to give people room and space to be who they are?

What does it mean to give people room and space to become who they are?

What does it mean to give people room and space to contribute and belong despite imperfections?

Who are you called to bear with?

It’s easy to like people who like you or are like you. The true test of your faith comes in loving your enemies. The annoying. The “extra grace people”. And think of how good God is at forgiving, putting up with, looking past the mistakes of, and loving people … and how we’re called to reciprocate it by forbearing one another.

So I’m stuck with this simple prayer: “Lord, teach me to love.”

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