July 26, 2000
” . . . be patient, bearing with one another in love.” (Ephesians 4: 2)
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Precious Disciple of Jesus Christ, the Daystar,
You may have heard the worldly statement that “familiarity breeds contempt.” The implication here is that daily interaction with people reveals their faults, and the revelation of their faults sometimes causes us to become impatient with those people and, perhaps, even to lose respect for them.
All of us have faults. The problem is that we tend to minimize our own faults and maximize the faults of others. Our Scripture verse reminds us, however, to be patient with one another in spite of our faults.
The next time you are tempted to become irritated or impatient with someone, ask God to help you see that person through His eyes. As you look at that person through the eyes of mercy, you will be more aware of how God sees you. In the process, you will find yourself becoming more patient.
Your sister in Christ,
Dr. Mary Ann Diorio
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