Posted by: SandreS | October 3, 2016

Giving Ourselves and Others Some Slack

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With all humility and meekness, with patience, bearing with one another in love (Ephesians 4:2).

We’ve been called to the divine exercise of patience. We are all very broken people, marred in the Potter’s hands. We are all very busy people, attending to the many details of life. We are all very composite people, coming from so many different backgrounds, and journeying down such diverse roads, with varied influences. Patience is so essential in our relationships with each other.

Patience is also an important key in understanding the truth of Scripture. New paradigms are often very difficult and time consuming to grasp – especially scriptural ones. Religious tradition and baggage do not disappear overnight – time for tearing down and building up is indispensable.

It takes a lot of time to even grasp the concept of certain truths. The amount of time differs greatly with each individual. Some of my own religious baggage was so heavy that it took years from the time I first started studying a subject until I had a sufficient grasp of it to share it with others.

God’s work in our lives is a slow, gradual process. All growth is progressive, and the finer the organism, the longer the process. An oak tree takes decades to mature, yet on the other hand a squash takes only a couple of months. We’re God’s oak trees. He’s dedicated Himself to His work in us for the long-haul. So, let’s all cut ourselves and each other some slack. It’s divine, and we all need it; I know I do.

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.

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