Monday, May 11, 2015
Hold on, be "longsuffering," do not give way to passion. In the Bible longsuffering is attributed to God Himself. If God were not longsuffering not one of us would be still alive, not one of us would be a Christian. If God were not longsuffering there would be no Christianity at all. Longsuffering is His attitude to us: so let it be our attitude towards one another. We have to suffer ourselves, and others have to suffer us. Let all suffer long! . . .
If you love people you will be longsuffering and forbearing toward them because you will have their interests at heart. You will not be so much concerned to show that you are right and they are wrong. You will be anxious that they should be right as well as yourself. You love them and are more interested in them, and concerned about them; and because of that you are patient with them.
D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Christian Unity: An Exposition of Ephesians 4:1-16, p.44-45