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Thursday, February 05, 2009

Could it be that "bearing with one another" might start with changing me?

It's so easy to see the faults in others. When I see a "fault" in someone else, rather than just talk about it with other people, maybe I should consider whether I, to some degree, struggle with the same thing.

"If you cannot make yourself what you would wish to be, how can you bend others to your will? We want them to be perfect, yet we do not correct our own faults. We wish them to be severely corrected, yet we will not correct ourselves. Their great liberty displeases us, yet we would not be denied what we ask. We would have them bound by laws, yet we will allow ourselves to be restrained in nothing. Hence, it is clear how seldom we think of others as we do of ourselves." Thomas a Kempis, Bearing with the Faults of Others in Imitation of Christ

"I (Paul)...urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling... bearing with one another in love..." Eph. 4:1-2

NAS - Transliterated Word - Anechomai
  • to sustain, to bear, to endure
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