Far Beyond Tolerance

If we were called

to just tolerate one another


would it not be

so much easier?


Bearing with each personality

different from our own


with a stiff upper lip

and a grit of our teeth?






But we are called

to more


to Love


And it would seem



if not for the example

set before us


Christ would not

have rescued us from ourselves


if He only tolerated us


No, He loved us

with everlasting love


The Trinity

sacrificed much


for Love


We are not consumed

by fires’ wrath


because of love


And because He made the first move

we are called to the same


And it would be impossible

if not for righteousness imparted to us


God’s Spirit loves

the unlovable through us


Can we not see

that is what we can be  — unlovable?



we are eternally cherished


– Susie Stewart


Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for His compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is Your faithfulness.

– Lamentations 3:22,23 (NIV)


I have loved you with an everlasting love;
I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.

– Jeremiah 31:3 (NIV)


So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.

– John 13:34 (NLT)


We love because He first loved us.

– 1 John 4:19 (NIV)


Photo by Susie Stewart




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