Forbearing One Another

(6.) Mutual forbearance, in consideration of the infirmities and deficiencies under which we all labour: Forbearing one another.

We have all of us something which needs to be borne with, and this is a good reason why we should bear with others in what is disagreeable to us. We need the same good turn from others which we are bound to show them.

  • (7.) A readiness to forgive injuries: Forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any. While we are in this world, where there is so much corruption in our hearts, and so much occasion of difference and contention, quarrels will sometimes happen, even among the elect of God, who are holy and beloved, as Paul and Barnabas had a sharp contention, which parted them asunder one from the other (Acts 15:39), and Paul and Peter, Gal. 2:14. But it is our duty to forgive one another in such cases; not to bear any grudge, but put up with the affront and pass it by. And the reason is: Even as Christ forgave you, so also do you. The consideration that we are forgiven by Christ so many offences is a good reason why we should forgive others. It is an argument of the divinity of Christ that he had power on earth to forgive sins; and it is a branch of his example which we are obliged to follow, if we ourselves would be forgiven. Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us, Mt. 6:12.

  • H/T:  Matthew Henry commentary at Blue Letter Bible


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3 Responses to “Forbearing One Another”

  1. GMpilot Says:

    I’d be more inclined to believe this from you if I didn’t remember–or hadn’t read–some of the things you’ve written about other people over the years. Then again, you’re only reprinting this commentary; there’s no evidence you’ll actually practice its words.

    Still, the passage of time generally mellows us all, and I suspect even you are more forbearing than you were when we first ‘met’.
    We’ll just have to see what happens, won’t we?


  2. GMpilot Says:

    No. I most assuredly am not Mr. Perfect. But I also don’t go asking Big Brother to take the heat for for the wrongs I’ve done.
    How about you, Hostess?


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