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‘Tis The Season: A time to put up with

December 7, 2009

Come on. You know you do. Christmas is the time of year to put up with all types of things that you don’t want to. Does anyone really want fruitcake? Do people eat it or do they just pass it on next Christmas?

Do we really dream of hanging out with that certain relative that talks too much or only about themselves or…?

Christmas is a time of year that we tend to put up with behavior and people that we wouldn’t regularly. Here is the deal, I think Christmas is a reminder that we really should do it more often. You heard me right. I think we are all a bunch of whiners when it comes to being with people. Okay, I’m a big whiner when it comes to being with people. I don’t like certain relatives. I spend time trying to avoid. Well guess what, it just isn’t right.

I mean when it comes to family we should put up with everyone. At least that is what Paul expects in the church.

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Ephesians 4:2

Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Colossians 3:13

The Greek word Paul uses could be defined “endure” and the idea of putting up with or standing firm comes with the word. It means it won’t be easy.

Some of you may totally understand what it means to endure during the holiday season. Paul seems to remind God’s people that Jesus endures us too. He puts up with our sins, our failures, our short comings. He puts up with our inadequate gifts, our self-centered prayers and so much more.

Paul seemed to think the church could use some more putting up with.

If you really want to be like Jesus this holiday season invite someone into your home who drives you crazy. Take someone to lunch who is like fingernails on a chalkboard because guess what, to someone else you are all of those things and more.

‘Tis the season you know.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 9, 2009 10:23 am

    I hate this post because I need it so badly. Thanks Darin.

  2. December 9, 2009 3:49 pm

    Wade, how are things going? The church you are working with?

    I know. I probably needed to preach that before I went home over Thanksgiving. It might have helped my attitude.

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