Therefore, brothers and sisters, you must be patient as you wait for the coming of the Lord.
7 Therefore, brothers and sisters, you must be patient as you wait for the coming of the Lord. Consider the farmer who waits patiently for the coming of rain in the fall and spring, looking forward to the precious fruit of the earth. 8 You also must wait patiently, strengthening your resolve, because the coming of the Lord is near. 9 Don’t complain about each other, brothers and sisters, so that you won’t be judged. Look! The judge is standing at the door!
10 Brothers and sisters, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord as an example of patient resolve and steadfastness.
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The situation is one that pastors dread but probably experience several times. Gathered at the hospital with the grieving relatives of a person who has just died, dissension within the family erupts. “Fred and Mary are not to be present for the family’s calling hours,” or “We don’t want Susan and John to sit in the pews reserved for the family.” Behind the bitterness is unresolved conflict that goes back in time so many years that no one can remember how it all began. The heart of the problem is an unwillingness to forgive. That unwillingness eventually turns into bitterness. Now, at a time when family members need to console and support one another, grief is compounded by conflict.
It is equally tragic when unforgiven hurts divide members of a congregation. The problem may start as a minor misunderstanding or as a serious moral offense for which forgiveness is sought. Appropriate disciplinary action may be taken, and restitution may be made; but forgiveness is withheld.
Pastors are also privileged to witness situations when families and congregations are able to sustain one another in crises because through the years relationships have been strengthened by forgiveness both given and received. The occasions calling for forgiveness may have required serious efforts at conflict resolution, but the persons involved have been freed to love because the shackles of unforgiven wrongs have been broken.