Bear With One Another

Pastor Scott Hansen

Bear With One Another
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As we go through the “one another” passages in the New Testament during our exhortations, the overarching theme that you have probably noticed is unity within the church. How should God’s people live with each other in the time between Jesus’s death, burial, and resurrection while looking forward to His second coming in glory? As Christians, we will brush up against other believers who struggle with a different set of sins, that have difficult personalities, different opinions, and differing levels of spiritual maturity The easiest thing to do when we are confronted with these differences is to withdraw in search of others who suit us and our personalities better. You might be able to withdraw from your neighbors or even from your coworkers, but that is not God’s intention, particularly for the church. It is more difficult by far to respond with gentleness, patience, and forgiveness, bearing with one another. That’s what Ephesians 4:1-2 calls us to. Paul says, “I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love…”.

Can you imagine how hard that might have been if you were a part of the church in Ephesus? There would have been just a handful of believers in your city, and you would be more or less stuck with them. You couldn’t just go to another church and find a new group of people that are easier to get along with, at least at first. Today, it’s so easy for us to remove ourselves from ever having to bear with one another if we choose to, but that does not demonstrate the kind of love we should have for one another. There will be people in the church who don’t fit the mold of your typical friends. Bear with them. There will be people with differing opinions about where to send your kids to school. Bear with them. There will be those who seem immature in the faith. Bear with them.

To help us, I will simply remind us of the gospel. Jesus nailed your sins to the cross and no longer counts those sins against you. Jesus nailed your brother or sister in Christ’s sins to the cross and no longer counts those sins against them! Through the work of the same Holy Spirit, you are both being sanctified to live out the righteousness you both already have Jesus Christ. They are being transformed, as chosen ones, into the image of Christ, from one degree of glory to another. Bear with them and count it as pure joy to walk alongside them as you follow Christ together in this life, looking forward to the day that you will both be made perfect in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ.