Why are patience and humility so important to preserving unity? What happens to the reputation of Jesus Christ when we have right doctrine along with a sense of arrogance towards those who disagree with us? How are we to be both “gentle” and to “fight the good fight of faith”?
As God‘s own chosen ones, we are basically His ambassadors here on earth. He paved the way by His example when He came in the flesh of man, to lead us, His way. However, God is Holy, purified through and through Holy. He is extremely tenderhearted and gentle and patient and is tirelessly tempered with grace, mercy and kindness. He is gentle and will pardon the sin of anyone who asks of Him to do so. Judgment comes after repentance, not before. He freely forgives us and we absolutely must freely forgive others or we can not be forgiven. If we walk by His spirit, obeying His commandment and His statutes, and seek His Kingdom and His righteousness, we will glorify Him and the seat of judgment will not burn us up with anything other than His overwhelming passion and love.
The spirit of the Lord is to unify the brethren. We must be yielding and willing vessels of His direction for our mortal lives so that we can live in and where immortality dwells. Other wise our first line of defense will be wiped out and God will not be glorified. We must bring Glory to our King. There is to be no arguing or disagreement in the camp. We fight the good fight in faith, against the enemy.
We who are in the body of the Spirit of The Lord are not the enemy of God. We are part of an enduring and eternal flame . It really does humble us to even grasp that He too… is humble. He doesn’t force Himself upon us. He is humble and His love is humble towards us. He isn’t pushy at all. He is humble.
The key to forgiving others is to recognize ourselves in others, as the way that we used to be. We too were once in someone else’s shoes when we began our walk with God. When we remember how we were when God first forgave us, it is pretty simple to overlook others as we reflect upon where we once were and have come from. We are all born into the same sin and no ones sin is greater than another’s, no matter how it may appear.
In Colossians 3: 12-14, it tells us of the clothing that we must wear, as the clothing of the character of the new man. God is always into creating a new thing.
Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.
Notice the last thing that we are to adorn? Love. The reason is that love is the bonding which holds the rest together. With out the love of God, holding this planet in perfect motion, we would perish. But God’s desire is that none perish. God is the glue that holds us together. God is love. He unifies us in the bond of love.
~ By Eudora January 18, 2007