The Lord’s patience with me is the greatest and most intimate example I have for the forbearance I need to demonstrate toward other people. Just as God has been long suffering with me in my desire to follow Jesus, so I need to be with everyone when I’m not treated the way I want them to treat me. My ego has unrealistic expectations and sets me up for innumerable disappointments regarding the behavior of other people. There is nothing I should expect from anyone other than God when it comes to the fulfillment of His promises because He alone is capable of performing and executing their completion. Neither should I expect Him to do it on my schedule because only He knows the perfect timing. I pray that the Lord will help me be content in every situation as I simply and humbly abide in His peace and joy.
"Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace."
"Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you."