WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE TOLERANT?

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Tolerance is described in the dictionary as a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward those whose opinions, practices, race, religion, nationality, etc., differ from one’s own; freedom from bigotry.

The opposite of being tolerant is to be narrow minded, unbending, inflexible and one who is considered a bigot. In today’s world we are asked to be tolerant of everyone.  We are to accept all things good or bad – unusual or ordinary – bigoted or  free thinking – even if it goes against what we believe.

It has become the acceptable way to be. Jesus told His disciples not to judge others, lest they be judged by God. Jesus was the most tolerant human being ever to walk the earth, but even though He walked and talked with thieves, prostitutes and the outcasts of the world, He was very committed to show them what God expects of all of us.

We all face God’s final judgment, but even though God is tolerant and has forgiven the entire world, He will not receive those who defile His word or His name. In my opinion it’s much easier to go along with the masses and accept everything and everybody. It’s harder to stand up for what you believe and stay true to it.

Will we be tolerant today? I hope we can continue to remain so without losing our convictions. God’s tolerance is unconditional.  He loves each and every one of us, in spite of the wrong we do and He wants us to be with Him in eternity, but He also expects us to stay strong in our faith, true to His Word and to follow His commandments.

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As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on Amazon.com.
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6 Responses to WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE TOLERANT?

  1. hatrack4 says:

    Thank you for clarifying that distinction. I have often been considered intolerant, because I disagree with people. Yet, as the training manager, it was my job to go into India, China, Thailand, and such and interact with the workers. That took a lot of tolerance.

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  2. I was trying to figure out how to express my views on tolerance and love and how they are not the same thing. I ran across this from Zig Ziglar and it really clarified it for me also. https://tziglar.wordpress.com/2008/06/10/truth-purity-simplicity-transparency/

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