Theme: Tolerance and Peaceful Co-existence
Introduction: Tolerance is the quality of allowing or accommodating without protest or rancor the behavior, beliefs, customs or views of others. Tolerance implies the existence of differences which we have to learn to accommodate. For, though we may not agree entirely with other persons, we should recognize the fact that they are entitled to their own opinions. Even if their views differ from ours, tolerance enables us to be at peace with them. It makes for a fulfilled Christian life to the glory of God.
Text: “But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them.” – Luke 9:55, 56.
Comment: Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ taught his disciples tolerance by precept and by example. As could be seen from the text, the Apostles, James and John asked Jesus Christ whether they should call for fire to come down from heaven to destroy the Samaritans because they were angry at the cold treatment given to Jesus Christ. (Luke 9:53, 54) The way the two disciples reacted was out of tune with the grace brought by Jesus Christ. (John 1:17) He therefore had to correct them sharply. Truly, God “is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance”. (2 Peter 3:9) The example of tolerance shown by our Lord Jesus Christ should guide our attitude to non-believers and to each other by God’s grace.
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