Greetings In the Name of the Lord:
Romans 2:4 (NLT)
Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?
Our society today places great value on what they view as tolerance. In their minds tolerance is merely overlooking the faults of everyone and carries the ideal that nothing is really wrong it just depends on your perspective. In other words, if a person doesn’t think something is wrong then it isn’t. Unfortunately, not only do they take this view on others, but also on themselves. The concept is I can do whatever I want and no one has the right to tell me it is wrong. However, this leaves any concept of truth behind. People today don’t accept real truth. In our society, the only real truth is our own opinion. Yet the reality is that there is real truth; the truth revealed to us in Scripture. Our society condemns Christians for claiming real truth as taught in the Bible, which seems to be a contradiction of their own ideals about tolerance. In Romans 2:4, Paul teaches us what real tolerance is all about. When we are truly tolerant, we are patient with the faults of others, and yet we do not overlook our own. The tolerance taught in Scripture says that we are sinners saved by grace, and because of this fact, we cannot judge others for doing the same thing while realizing that God has been tolerant and patient with us. In other words, tolerance is not overlooking our fault, rather it causes us to deal with our faults. When you look in the mirror what do you see?