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Tolerance for Christians – Part One (II Corinthians 5:18-20) July 12, 2005

Posted by mjtilley in Uncategorized.
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As seen in II Corinthians 5:19, God is on a mission to reconcile His creation to Himself. He created the world and its creatures, with humans as the crowning of that creation, for loving Him. But sin (see Genesis 3) got in the way of that. Since the fall in the garden, the history of man has been a history of God’s tolerance toward wicked man in an effort to reconcile with him.

As believers, we are called to help God on this mission (II Corinthians 5:18). That requires a certain tolerance just as God has so patiently shown. However, that tolerance must be extended recognizing the stipulations (true repentance) for the reconciliation.

In two weeks, we’ll look at two other passages (Romans 2:1-4 and Matthew 5-7) to fill out the extent of our obligation to be tolerant.

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