Ever experienced a situation in which someone infuriated you so much that you felt like smashing his or her head against the wall?
Perhaps a colleague, friend, boss, subordinate, or (even) an intimate partner – wronged or pressed you hard (enough) that you became overburden, downtrodden, perplexed, insignificant or lost. Then, you must know how it feels to want to flare up and avenge yourself – yet, powerless to do so (probably) because you indeed do not have the power to revenge, some people advised you otherwise or God (through the Holy Spirit) calmed your spirit.
As Christians, we are all running a single race (in which nobody is expected to lose out): this requires a continuous evaluation of how we live our lives, and tolerance got a lot to do with it.
Every day, you meet people
Whether self employed or employed by an organisation – you are bound to meet both clients and staff members who are (totally) different from you.
Your world views are different, your desires are different, and your lifestyles are not the same.
In this situation, you will be required to accept people as they are – if you must fulfill your assigned tasks. If not, you would run into troubles all the time.
Although, there are problems that must be tackled formally (within the confines of your office): we are not advising you to carpet any threat to your life, office, employment or profits (if you owned a business). However, you must have tolerance to be able to cope with people and be successful in what you do.
You must be able to live like Apostle Paul said, “But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them dung, that I may win Christ”. Philippians 3:7-8, KJV.
This tolerance surpasses materialism
It is a good thing to possess riches, honour and be highly placed in the society – to the point of being able to fight for the less privilege.
Yet, the tolerance we are referring to (in this piece) has to do with ‘running the race that is set before you with patience’.
“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and
the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us. Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God”. Hebrews 12:1-2, KJV.
In view of all said so far, your ability to cope with people of various temperaments, backgrounds, views and lifestyles can reveal the state of your Christian life.
Even, the way you treat those under your leadership reveals the kind of Christian that you are.
Are you are child of God?
If God treated you badly or insignificantly we (both) know that you will not call yourself a child of God, right there. The same treatment (from you to others) is required: that is exactly what
Jesus Christ said – read the lines below:
“Therefore all things whatsoever you would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets”. Matthew 7:12, KJV.
Are you already running your race with patience?
Please, keep it up because there is a great reward awaiting you. The salvation we have received and which we are proclaiming is not a bluff, if it was, then we are ‘of all men’ doomed.
“If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. But now Christ is risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.
“But thanks to God, which give us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ”. 1 Corinthians 15:19-20, 57, KJV.
For those who are yet to start running their race with patience. You know, within yourself, that you are just running around after money, fame and material things – you do things that (normally) should not be part of you: if you have not accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, then here is a chance for you to make things right.
Everyone that falls into the categories (in the above paragraph) should say the prayer below:
Father I thank you that I am saved now. Whatever the devil has been using to tie me to the world is removed from my life in the name of Jesus. I realise that I cannot save myself, therefore, I give myself (completely) unto you Lord. Let your grace carry me through my Christian journey, successfully. In Jesus name I prayed, amen.
Few things you must observe after this prayer:
- Buy a Bible and read it (as much as possible).
- Share the message that God communicates to you, with others.
- Live your life to please God and not people around you.
- Join a church that teaches the truth of the Bible.
- Preserve your salvation by not intentionally craving for sins.