Bearing ... Not Being a Bear

With the advent of social media, instant news, and the politicization of almost everything, increasingly, it seems like everyone is carrying around this simmering anger under the surface, and it takes very little to set us off; like we have become people just walking around, waiting to be offended; we are spring loaded, ready to unleash a torrent of frustration at the slightest provocation

Compare this with the posture the apostle Paul suggests is appropriate for Jesus's disciples:

Col.  3:12 - Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Putting on kindness and compassion, being humble, being patient, bearing with each other, forgiving each other, loving each other...Where in this world do we see these things modeled? ... Who is available to teach us these things?

This is the way of Jesus. And thankfully, he can be our teacher. Jesus wants to train us to live as he did.

If you find anger, un-forgiveness, bitterness, irritation, or judgement are constant companions, invite Jesus to teach you a better way.

Grace & Peace,
Brad Swope

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