Tonight in our youth service I spoke about Peace, the second week of Advent. We dealt with Colossians 1:16-23 and 3:12-15 (which I posted about the other day).
There’s a phrase from chapter 3 that has been ringing in my mind for the past few days. It’s “you must make allowance for each other’s faults.”
It seems to me that when we make a mistake we expect others to be understanding and forgiving, but when someone hurts us, the understanding and forgiving gets thrown out the window.
I think one of the things that ought to distinguish us from the world is exactly this idea of making allowance for the faults of others. To me, this makes sense simply because it’s what God did for us through the work of Jesus. God provided a way for us to be made holy and enter into relationship with Him.
So why is this so hard for us to do? Why can’t we let go of our pride and our “rights” and give others the grace we’ve already received from God (and expect from others)?
What would happen if we really lived this out?
At least then there’d be less drama….