Love Forbears and Forgives
- Date: July 11, 2018
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.” (Colossians 3:13)
- From No Greater Love
We see that love is the foundation, then, on which the church is built. Ephesians 3:17, "…being rooted and grounded in love." Love, that ability to put worth on an object other than ourselves. We value those people around us with the same value that Jesus places on them. That's pretty cool, man. God being able to love through us and put that worth upon those people, and we're able to then observe that and say, "That's the worth that I'm going to put on them." That's the love of God, and it's the foundation on which we're built. Colossians 2:2, "…being knit together in the love of God." That's what we've been trying to see here in our midst, and we saw it in Ephesians that the church is knit together. It's like a rope that's been knit and bound together, and our lives are now intertwined so we can't live to ourselves, the Scripture says-"no man lives to himself or dies to himself" (Romans 14:7).
Now, the one thing about having our lives so intimately bound that gives us our strength is that we get close enough with each other to see what we're really like, don't we? Hence the teaching on forgiveness. But as we're bound together like this in the love of God, a three fold cord is not easily broken. We get strength as God puts us together, and we begin to prefer one another other than ourselves in our lives. We begin to weep when others weep, and we rejoice when they rejoice, the Scripture says. Our lives are intimately intertwined, and that's the foundation the church is built upon.
We saw in our last session that the love of God works in us a forbearance. When we understand how greatly we've been loved, then it creates in us a forbearance of one another. God loves us in all of our unloveliness, and so ought we, the Scripture says, to love one another. So there are no works that are being required. You don't have to do me good to be loved. I love you because God loves you. He's placed that worth upon you, and I place that same worth that He does.
The word "forbearance," as we saw, means to endure or to hold up under-to hold up under any conflicts that we might have; to endure the sometimes immature, carnal behavior of those that are around us, because we know that the Holy Spirit is doing a work in our midst, of building a church, building His church. Let me encourage you in one thing. Don't be impatient with God's work! I want to tell you something. God is doing a work here. He's doing a work universally in His church, but here among ourselves-we're a fellowship that loves one another. We're a fellowship that, many of us, all these years we've been knit together. But we're not like Jesus yet, are we? There's still more work to be done, and our job is to be patient with one another while God is doing His work, because we can't do it in our own strength. We get impatient, and we want to try to make people change, and that's the Holy Spirit's job. In fact, most of us have a full time job taking care of us, don't we? So this is part of what the Spirit of God is doing, and love is that forbearance.
Ephesians, Chapter 4, verse 2 says that we're to "forbear [endure] one another in love." I thank God that you all have endured me for all of these years because of the love of God. We ought to and owe it to love one another. Colossians says it this way in Chapter 3, verse 13. "Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another…even as Christ forgave you…" So we want to remember these aspects again of the love of God and what it is that He has mandated in our relationships together. "By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another."