What I Should Be Putting On: Forbearance
Colossians 3:12–13 (ESV)
12Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,
13bearing with one another…
1. How does an understanding of God’s forbearance (i.e., putting up with) us help you understand your need for forbearance a little better?
2. In what ways can you use some “sanctified humor” to put up with difficult situations like when you’re persecuted for your faith, facing a difficult trial, etc.? Can you give some examples of sanctified humor?
3. Who is very different than you in your life? In what ways do you need to work at putting up with that person in a more Christ-honoring way? What are some practical steps that you can take to be more Christlike?
4. We are not to put up with false teaching. How do you lovingly and whimsically refuse to put up with false doctrine and speak the truth in love?
5. In what ways does it encourage you to know that when Jesus is frustrated with you, all it takes from you is repentance and faith? How encouraging is it to know that he’s not measuring your performance to determine how much he loves you or is willing to accept you?