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Mar 31, 2019

Choose or Lose #6

Tolerance

By Louie Marsh, 3-31-2019

 

Today I’ll be preaching TO the Word of God not FROM it.  Show 4 slides

 

1) What is tolerance?

 

Origin of tolerance

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English word from Latin word tolerantia.

 

noun

  1. a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward those whose opinions, beliefs, practices, racial or ethnic origins, etc., differ from one's own; freedom from bigotry.
  2. a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward opinions, beliefs, and practices that differ from one's own.
  3. interest in and concern for ideas, opinions, practices, etc., foreign to one's own; a liberal, undogmatic viewpoint.
  4. the act or capacity of enduring; endurance:

 

  • Tolerance is PUTTING UP with what you don’t like or you disagree with.

 

  • In the Western World today tolerance has become

 

Tolerance paradox – show slides – perfect example of circular reasoning.

 

  • You can’t tolerate people you agree with – you only tolerate those you DISAGREE WITH.

  • Tolerance only works with

 

2) Tolerance and the Disciple of Jesus

 

  • I am COMMANDED to tolerate others.

 

12  Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13  bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Colossians 3:12-13 (ESV)

 

  • I am commanded to go beyond tolerance to

 

14  And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15  And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Colossians 3:14-15 (ESV)

 

43  “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44  But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45  so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. Matthew 5:43-45 (ESV)

 

3) Things I cannot tolerate in my life

 

  • LAZINESS

 

6  Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. 7  Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, 8  she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest. 9  How long will you lie there, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep? 10  A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, 11  and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man. Proverbs 6:6-11 (ESV)

 

15  Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16  making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:15-16 (ESV)

 

  • Denial = LYING TO MYSELF

 

3  Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4  Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? 5  You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. Matthew 7:3-5 (ESV)

 

22  But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23  For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. 24  For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. 25  But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing. James 1:22-25 (ESV)

 

  • SIN

 

13  But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. Hebrews 3:13 (ESV)

 

8  And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. 9  But the LORD God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” Genesis 3:8-9 (ESV)