Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one’s own beliefs. Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution of others. – John F. Kennedy
Tolerance – The capacity to endure something
Does God tolerate? Do parents tolerate? Do spouses tolerate? Do children tolerate? We all, to some degree tolerate something.
We have to tolerate some inconvenience in life to allow our self growth and others to grow at their pace. There’s times the Lord will allow us to see something for informational purposes only. He doesn’t want us to make decisions based on them, but to tolerate a little longer in order to help the person in need. It doesn’t give us the permission to run away, keep away, nor push away, but to stay quiet and feed into the person that’s before you.
During this process, we stay close to the Lord, be fed by the Word, and fill our Spirit. So, when the Lord calls us to a person, we can feed to others with power. How can we feed with power if we don’t feed off Jesus’ table?
In whatever situation we’re in, we have to be focused on the Lord to read His Word for encouragement, to be filled, and walk in power and strength of the Lord.
Do you feel you’re tolerating something that you know you shouldn’t? But what’s God saying? “Tolerate a little longer? Focus on me, child. Because once I’m done with the situation, all your pain will be set free. I will honor you because you have honored me.”
At times, you may feel that you’re being taken advantage of, but remember that Jesus will cover you every step of the way.
Hosea 1:2 (KJV)
The beginning of the word of the LORD by Hosea. And the LORD said to Hosea, Go, take unto thee a wife of whoredoms and children of whoredoms: for the land hath committed great whoredom, departing from the LORD.
Hosea was instructed by the Lord to marry a promiscuous woman and have children with her. He would proceed to do as the Lord commanded even though he knew she would be unfaithful; just as Israel was in those days. Hosea’s marriage was an example of what Israel was doing to God.
Hosea had to tolerate the situation. Even though it may have been very difficult to endure, he stuck through it.
Can you imagine being in Hosea’s situation? Some of us would have murmured, some would have given up, some would have plainly walked away from what the Lord wanted us to do. But there was a purpose behind it all.
God doesn’t allow us to endure just to allow suffering to occur. There’s always a reason behind everything. Whether it’s to allow us to grow in faith, to tell others an experience, or to help someone else; remember, there’s always a reason!
As we see in our own lives things we have to tolerate, let’s ask the Lord where it is coming from, why is it happening, and to provide the strength and wisdom to pass through it the way He would like it done. Only then will we be victorious!
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