Practices of Christian Community: Forbearance

Scripture: Colossians 3:12-17, Ephesians 4:1-6

Sunday Preview:  Forbearance means to refrain from exercising a legal right.  Synonyms include let go, loosen, and release from tension.  At the Mennonite Church USA convention in Kansas City delegates passed a resolution entitled “Forbearance in the Midst of Differences.”  Particularly, this resolution pertains to differences in the church on matters of same-sex covenanted unions.  It calls upon the church to offer grace, love, and forbearance toward those in our body who, in different ways, seek to be faithful to our Lord Jesus Christ.  Forbearance as a concept, however, can apply to many different areas.    

Taking our cues from the convention in Kansas City, our worship on Sunday will consider the idea of forbearance as it relates to our summer series on practices of Christian community.  Forbearance is a Christian practice focused on pursuing right relationships within one another.   It can be a positive expression of Christian love in action.  Forbearance, when practiced well, can be a means through which we experience the movement of God's spirit among us.