Love: 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.
Tolerance: The capacity for or the practice of recognizing and respecting the beliefs or practices of others. A fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward opinions and practices that differ from one’s own.
Two words with different meanings but have been construed to mean the same. Or….one without the other is not possible depending on who is speaking.
Tolerance has been overused, a cop out, a selfish motive for erroneous behavior. If you are intolerant you are unwilling to support the opinions, practices or beliefs of others. Not only has tolerance become a misrepresentation, it has been taken to extremes.
Tolerance has become the powerhouse for offenses. If you negate the opinions or beliefs of others in any way, shape or form you may as well put yourself in the stocks.
Relationships are ruined or lost, friends are no longer friends, and divisiveness has become the norm. Don’t step over the line or you will fight a battle of wills.
The truth about tolerance is many sit on it as a “Soap Box” for their mode of conduct requiring others who disagree to accept it or be sent to the gallows. You are labeled as intolerant, hateful and in my case have been called, “blasphemous.”
Sadly tolerance is seen as a scapegoat for the “it’s all about me” syndrome making it appear to be good when it is simply justification for a selfish pity party.
James 3:16 “For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.”
There is no love in a pity party of self indulgence. If love was available, it left when we declare our “rights.” Rights become a promotion of our needs, our wants and fuel for the fire of our desires leaving no room for God.
The out-of-control offenses have surfaced due to the deep lack of a Godly relationship of love. As it were the enemy preached in the ears of many the enigma of selfish ambition over Godly living resulting in an all out war of words of intolerance to that lifestyle. Blindly, so many have fallen for his perjury and falsifications as if to adopt them as their civil liberties.
As Christians we do not have the right to withhold the truth from those who sit on the “Soap Box” of personal decadence.
We as Christians must not own up to such distortions or fabrications. Yet in perfect love there is no place for a door mat either.
Loving and tolerance fit when we do it in the name of the Christian walk Jesus exemplified. “Go and sin no more” is the perfect tone of love and tolerance.
Jesus forgives, but doesn’t condone the sin. Jesus gave mercy, grace and justification to many diverse groups of people with love as the foundation. Our efforts should follow his example.
And if you aren’t making the effort to follow his example, maybe you should check your tolerance level.
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