“Forbearing and Forgiving One Another”
“Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.”
As long as we are in this flesh, we will have misunderstandings among us, unpleasantnesses, and even injustices (we will feel that our rights have been violated and others have been wrong in what they have said and done).
What is to be our attitude?
It is to be twofold: “FORBEARING one another and FORGIVING one another.”
To FORBEAR is to control our emotions, surrendering our rights for the time being in patient hope that God will reveal His purpose and will.
To FORGIVE is actually to put the misunderstanding out of mind and restore a state of love and fellowship.
Our Lord FORBEARS, that is, He is longsuffering and patient with us; and He FORGIVES, remembering our sins no more.
By Henry Mahan