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Forbear One Another in the Love of God – Raising Zion

Nehemiah Zion

forbear one another

What does it mean to forbear? Be patient and restrain yourself (in love). The word is often used differently, depending on the context.

Paul, writing to the Thessalonians church, shares his inability to wait any longer from knowing about the flock. His lack of forbearance was deep-rooted in love for the souls God gave Him. (1 Thessalonians 3:1-7)

To walk worthily in your calling, what is necessary? Forbear one another in love (Ephesians 4:1,2) (Colossians 3:13). This quality is essential as we approach an increasingly impatient world.

While we are in the flesh, we continue to battle evil natures daily.

  • Abstain from all appearance of evil (1 Thessalonians 5:22)
  • Abstain from fornication (1 Thessalonians4:3)
  • Restrain yourself from fleshly lusts (1 Peter 2:11)
  • Refrain tongue from evil (1 Peter 3:10) (Ephesians 6:9)

Forbear one another like Jesus displayed patience and restraint

God is forbearing towards us daily (Romans 2:1-4). When we stay focused on His forbearing nature towards us, we will be able to grow into His character as well.

We have the best privilege of having been shown the compassion of God. The precious blood of Jesus was shed for us on Calvary so we can inherit these holy natures.

Jesus was forbearing to all those He encountered, except the devil. The world around Him gave Him good reasons to use His power and put them in their place. But He chose to forbear and fulfil the Father’s will. Jesus loved who the Father loved.

Only when we learn to forbear can we continue to win unsaved souls to Christ among our families, friends and workplaces. Many souls turn to Christ because of the forbearance in believers who love the Lord.

A little more forbearing, and we’ll be free from the fleshly natures that fight against our spirit.

Rejoice, the day of Christ is near. Love and let love, praise God and Amen!

Used with permission from Nehemiah Zion.

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