June 5, 2020

"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."
Ephesians 4:2-3
"Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you."
Colossians 3:13

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.