Definition of forbearance. a refraining from the enforcement of something (such as a debt, right, or obligation) that is due. The policy provides a means of forbearance for borrowers meeting certain criteria. Definition of Forbearance by Merriam-Webster
Forbearance” (a holding back) is ascribed to God (Romans 2:4, “the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering”; Romans 3:25 the Revised Version (British and American), “the passing over of the sins done aforetime, in the forbearance of God,” the King James Version “remission” (margin “passing over”) of sins, that are past, through the forbearance of God”); in Phil. 4:5, Revised Version (British and American) “forbearance,” margin “gentleness”; it is a Christian grace in likeness to God. “Forbearing” (The King James Version, margin) is substituted by the Revised Version (British and American) for “patient” (“holding up under evil”) in 2 Tim. 2:24. The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia.
Sin is easy and some say it is fun; Salvation on the other hand is inconvenient, boring, wimpish, and is not easy to maintain.
For some, sin is easy because they have lived that type of life so long, they just can’t give it up. It is much easier to stretch your definition of what the bible says than to change your whole lifestyle.
God has given us the alternative to sin through Jesus Christ. If we believe on Christ as our savior, He will change our lives for us. To believe we must, study the bible, pray, love one another, Help one another, and be willing to die for each other. If you do all these things for the remainder of your life, you will use less energy than just one of those parties you attended.
Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
Have you ever wondered why Jesus compared us to sheep? It’s partly because the primary way of making a living at that time was herding cattle and sheep. However, it is also because we are a lot like sheep. No matter how tough we act, we are susceptible to a good con job. Cattle will sense danger as they get close to the edge of a cliff and stop grazing and move somewhere else. If the grazing is good. A sheep will stop grazing, look at the edge of the cliff and start grazing again. They will literally graze off the cliff.
We humans are not much better than the sheep. Like the cattle, we sense the danger and turn (repent), but we don’t walk away like the cows. We look back at the good grazing (sin) and we turn back to the way we were and keep grazing (sinning).
There is a lot of talk in the church community about the sin nature. There are many preachers who deceive their congregations into thinking they retain the sin nature after salvation.
To repent indicates you are sorrowfully ashamed of the sins you have committed, and you are turning around and going in the opposite direction. If you are going away from sin, how can you live any longer in it? Having escaped the corruption of sin, we are then partakers of God’s divine nature. We have repented and we have been saved by the Grace of God.
Don’t allow anyone to con you into turning back and walking off that cliff. Keep following God, He will lead you to salvation.
Another argument I get all the time is that Christians have dirty or sinful thoughts. At one time I would have agreed with you. However, I have studied the bible and I have found in the bible where that would be incorrect.
Before we are saved, we look at the life of Christ for inspiration. Christ lived a life without sin from a boy until the day He died on the cross for the sins of the world. By looking and trying to imitate the life of Christ, we can see how to live as a Christian.
They argument is that Satan gets into our minds and leads us astray. Impossible!
When Christ was tempted, every time satan tried to get Christ to do something wrong, He simply quoted a verse of scripture to shut satan up. Some of the people that claim to be saved say that satan gets into their minds and causes them to sin.
Many of the young ministers today say the same thing. That’s because they study the parts of the bible that will make them money, not the parts that will make Christians.
Those ministers and converts that have studied the Bible know that God gave us three things to ensure our salvation.
How dedicated are you to God? Do you know what Christ was like? Do you walk in the same way as Christ? Are you Christ Like?
“Dedication.” Devoting a person, place, or thing to Holy use. You can also look at dedication as a round robin situation. To be dedicated you must be totally devoted to God; to the point of being Holy. In 1Peter 1:15-16, Peter tells us that God called us to be Holy, as He is Holy. To be like Christ who was holy. If we are holy, then we must be totally dedicated to God. If you are a Christian, you are holy. If you are not holy, you are not a Christian.
To be dedicated and holy, you don’t have to wander around and preach all day and night. You don’t have to talk about God with every breath you take, but you must think about God before you say anything.
Dedication is studying the bible at least an hour every day and you must live the bible 24 hours a day.
And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
Galatians 5:24-25 (NKJV)
One of my “soap boxes” is sin after salvation. As Paul states in the verse above, we crucified our sinful flesh (nature) when we were saved. The moment we dedicated ourselves to Christ (God) we were free from the sinful nature of the flesh. In 2 Peter 1:4 it states that we are partakers of the Divine Nature. What does that even mean? It means that we have been baptized into the body of Christ (the holy church) and therefore have dedicated ourselves to Christ. We can then be baptized by the Holy Spirit and thereafter our heart is the host to the Holy Spirit. With the Holy Spirit guiding our every thought and move, how then can we sin?
The answer to the next question is easy. If you are a Christian, then you have studied the life of Christ. If you have the Holy Spirit living in your heart, then your studies have molded you into the likeness of Christ.
Once we are in the likeness of Christ, then we now have the mind of Christ (1Co. 2:16). With the mind of Christ to guide our every move, how can we go wrong? Christ lived a sinless life. If we have the mind of Christ and are living the life of Christ, then how can we sin?
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
Ephesians 2:10 (NKJV)
Salvation is given freely, but it is not free.
God freely gave His only son to die on the cross in our place. However, God has given us Commands over the years pertaining to how we should act and things we must do. If we want salvation and eternal life through the Love of God, then we must follow these commands without fail.
If we follow these commands God will use them to mold us into the likeness of Christ who did good works. These works are our gift from God. These are the works that give us a feeling of satisfaction, a feeling of accomplishment, a feeling of the goodness of God.
For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.
Colossians 1:9-10 (NKJV)
Here is the round robin I told you about. Paul says that since the day they heard of the dedication of the church at Colosse, they had prayed for them. What did they pray for? Not for the individuals, but for the church body. For them to grow in wisdom and knowledge to do good works, not in riches to impress their neighbors.
If you want to be a Christian, then you must experience the “round robin” for yourself. You will never regret the experience, because without this experience, you are nothing.