Mr. Standfast

"Nothing taken for granted; everything received with gratitude; everything passed on with grace." G. K. Chesterton

November 11, 2004

Kindness, Tolerance, and Patience

I think that when the Kingdom comes we will find out how wrong we were about many things in this life. God will show us our hasty and thoughtless judgements, our faulty presumptions, and our mistaken conclusions about many more things than any of us can even suspect. This is one reason we need to walk gently in this life. This is why tolerance and patience are virtues. Friends, God has been tolerant and patient with each of you. Romans 2:4 tells us that this very patience is the means by which He draws us into repentance. Let us also be tolerant, patient, slow to judge, fearful of our own tendency to pride, understanding that in all things we do see as if through a smeared window. Take care. Have patience. Be very kind. For these are attributes of love. Every Christian is called to be a shining example of these things. By these, not by judgement or shaming, are many brought to the knowledge of the Father.


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