Bear with Each Other and Forgive One Another
Accepting God at His Word
Colossians 3:13 (KJV)
Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
Within the construction of any building there are two types of walls. There is what is known as a partition wall which exists only to separate one space from another, and then there is the bearing wall that takes the weight of the structure, helping to hold it together. In our Christian life we can operate in such a way as to keep things divided, or we can work to hold the unity together. The key is in understanding the power found in forgiveness. Christ was on a mission of forgiveness as He came into the world to bear our sins; just as His work was an effort to forgive us, we must work to forgive each other as well as help each other understand why.
Part of the reason that quarrels arise in the first place is our having issue with the actions, behavior, and differences of others. Like the partition walls, we tend to maintain our separate space keeping a division between ourselves and those around us. While such behavior may seem to work for us, it does nothing to create unity or bring about the spirit of togetherness. It does nothing to follow the spirit or teaching of Christ Jesus. Our walk of faith should be one that brings us closer to the presence of our Father in Heaven. It is the Holy Spirit that quickens us to become more Christ like. Resisting that spirit and insisting on remaining stubborn and rebellious is a rejection of what Jesus taught and commanded us to do. Remember the warning given by Christ as He closed the model prayer in His sermon on the mountain.
Matthew 6:14-15 (KJV)
For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
Bearing with our short comings is at the essence of God’s will. Jesus, in following the will of God, bared the burden of sin for us all; making it possible for some to be forgiven. The good news of the gospel is in the acceptance of this message through a belief in Christ. It is the one and only work that we are charged with.
John 6:29 (KJV)
Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.
Jesus not only makes it clear that this is the work but also gives a clear explanation of what we are in fact doing as we follow His instruction.
John 12:44 (KJV)
Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me.
Accepting Christ, “The Word of God”, is to literally take God at His Word. Believing in Christ, the one God has sent, is to take the Word of God for what it is… the way… the truth… and the life. Without Christ no man can come to the Father.
This is a vital teaching, one that comes from Christ directly. So important is its understanding that Jesus included it as part of His farewell discourse in praying that the will of the Father be done above all. A close look at His words in that prayer shows just how important this teaching is for all mankind. That the world may believe.
John 17:20-22 (KJV)
Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
This includes all of us today who are followers of the faith. Our role as believers is to walk as closely as we can in the footsteps of Jesus; to take His spirit and His truth as our very nature. By doing this we show our acceptance of the gospel, our belief in Him, and also in the Father that sent Him. It displays the unity we share as partakers in the fellowship of Christ’s Church and as God’s children. Allowing others to have hope and come to accept the faith.
Let us make an effort to bear each other’s burdens just as Christ bore the burden of our sins. Standing like a bearing wall, and supporting each other in our weakness. Just remember, when we do this… we reflect the will of God.