Prayer Establishes Our Reconciliation with God
Bear with Each Other
Scripture Reading: Colossians 3:12-17
Key Verse: Colossians 3:13
Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
This week we have been looking at Jesus’ words in the model prayer that speak of repentance and forgiveness. We’ve established how important this is to effective praying. Jesus was clear: our forgiveness and our authentic worship are only possible when we pass forgiveness on to others!
Today the Apostle Paul writes, in his letter to the Colossian Christ followers, to “bear with each other.” Look at the words Webster uses to define “bear” in this context: “carry; support; produce; endure; press upon.” Think of the implications within your church family if we remember our responsibility to “bear with each other.” We would give and receive support. We would help carry the burdens of our fellow Christ followers and receive their help with our burdens. It is much easier for us to fight spiritual fatigue and develop endurance when our church family is there for us!
These benefits of God’s family can only be realized by practicing the apostle’s next statement: “and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another.” God’s people are “works in progress.” All of us can still slip into un-Christ like ways. I need you to forgive me when it happens in my life! You need me to forgive your shortcomings as well. Praying—really praying the prayer Jesus outlines for us—will remind us to forgive and bear with those around us!
Father, please forgive me of my lapses of Spirit-led living. I am determined to offer this same forgiveness to those around me. In Jesus’ Name, amen.