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We Are to Be Forbearing Toward One Another (Am I My Brothers Keeper?) Lesson 14
Brief Review Today represents the fourteenth installment in this series of lessons entitled, Am I My Brothers Keeper? Because we have studied so many lessons in this series already, it is no mystery then that we have come to the understanding that we are indeed our brothers keeper!
Brief Review We are to love one another. We are to be at peace with one another. We are to give preference to one another in honor. We are to not judge one another. We are to edify one another. We are to receive one another. We are to admonish one another. We are to show the same care for one another. We are to serve one another. We are to not bite and devour one another. We are to bear one anothers burdens. We are to forgive one another. We are to submit to one another.
We Are to Be Forbearing to One Another The Elements of Forbearance The Expression of Forbearance An Example of Forbearance The Encouragement to Be Forbearing
The Elements of Forbearance The word forbearance has several parts to its meaning and all of them need to be put into practice by Christians: –Displaying patient endurance when we have been wronged –Abstaining from the enforcement of a right that may have been violated –Practicing self-control by way of not retaliating against the one who has wronged us
The Expressions of Forbearance In order for forbearance to be practiced, we must embrace the proper attitudes. The greatest and most important of the attitudes that must be expressed in forbearance is that of love! (Ephesians 4:1,2) Other attitudes that must be expressed in forbearance are that of tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering, and forgiveness. (Colossians 3:12,13)
An Example of Forbearance A great Bible example of the expression of forbearance took place when David was on the run from King Saul. It was during this time that he was wronged by a man named Nabal. It is a very moving story of forbearance but only because of a woman named Abigail. (I Samuel 25:2-35)
An Example of Forbearance This heartwarming story can teach us some valuable lessons about forbearance: –Practicing forbearance is not always easy. –Sometimes we need help from others to be forbearing. –When we choose to be forbearing, it brings blessings to everyone. –Forbearance strengthens the church; retaliation will destroy it.
The Encouragement to Be Forbearing Because practicing forbearance is not always easy, we need some encouragement to get the job done. What is it that can provide us with the encour- agement we need in order to be forbearing toward others? The answer is simple: The best encouragement to practicing forbearance is to examine the forbearance that God has shown us! (Romans 3:21-25)