Monday, January 26, 2015

Tender And Tolerant!

The wellspring of wisdom like a flowing brook. (Prov. 18:4) 

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these.--- George Washington Carver

I have admired those words for years. They reflect a perspective easily forgotten in a dizzy schedule of demands and deadlines. It is easy in such a scene to become shortsighted, to think that now is forever. But those who sustain a close companionship with wisdom tend to be more tender, compassionate, sympathetic, and tolerant than those whose world revolves around themselves. 

With wisdom comes depth and stability. When we navigate through life under full sail with wisdom at the helm, we may not miss all of the storms, but we will have the strength to persevere. We can face the unforeseen, without the fear of sinking. 

Growing Wise in Family Life 

Tenderness and tolerance are among the key ingredients needed as Christians in our daily lives. Jesus provided us numerous examples of tenderness in His ministry. He was tender towards the woman he met at the well. He was also tender toward those that were widely rejected by the society they lived with. Jesus personified tenderness, tenderness that is sorely lacking in our culture today. 

Jesus also personified tolerance. Jesus was never quick to strike back at anyone without justifiable reasons. What do I mean by that? A good example of this was His intolerant nature when He turned over tables, raised a ruckus, and began saying that this temple became a "den of thieves". Even though in this example there was a display of apparent "intolerance", there must have been lots of tolerance leading up to that event. Jesus found a legitimate reason to break the tolerance to display His displeasure of disrespecting the house of worship. 

When thinking about the above examples about  Jesus personifying tenderness and tolerance, have you been able to relate to Jesus in your potential for tenderness and tolerance? As Christians, we must be very careful not to confuse tolerance with long-suffering. Mind you, tenderness must be on display every single moment of our lives. Tolerance, on the other hand, depends on the subject of hand. While there are lots of things we need must tolerate, there are also others in which there should be zero tolerance for. A good way to find out what we shouldn't tolerate is to find out what God is and is not tolerant of. If you're absolutely curious as to what God is not tolerant of, go to His Word. There are lots of examples outlined for us there. 

My dear friends, are you tender AND tolerant? 

Thank you so much for reading this far! May God continue to bless you and keep you always! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).