In the kingdom, the word “tolerate” does not have the same meaning as in the English language, because in does not consider the heart attitude.
Many times, leaders tolerate improper behavior and even sin, because they are cowards, fearful of confrontation, or they are ignorant of how to properly correct, or discipline in love.
Kingdom people do not enter into toleration, but “they speak the truth in love, so that all may grow up in Me in all areas,” Ephesians 4:15. Do you really love people or just tolerate them?
Are you laying down your life for those that you tolerate? Do you get sick of people? Do you wish some would just disappear because they bug you, but instead you are tolerating them? If this be the case you are attempting to love people with your human love and not My Father’s love.
“For if you only love them which love you, what thank have you? for sinners also love those that love them,” Luke 6:32. Now don’t just make up your mind that tomorrow you are going to start loving people with My love, because if you haven’t got it, you haven’t got it! You must come get it from Me, but it won’t happen with that crazy schedule you have!
My love is extremely costly to your flesh, actually putting it to death. Human love is part of your old nature. “Scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours,” is an expression of normal human love. This attitude never originated with Me. Curse Me and I will bless you, is My nature, and you cannot have My nature unless yours dies.
If you are a sincere believer, as long as your flesh is alive, you will tolerate those who irritate you and deceive yourself by calling it love! Tolerating, is biting your tongue, gritting your teeth, or keeping your mouth shut when all the time you are boiling inside. Tolerating is putting up with, while despising. Tolerating is filled with hidden resentment. Long term toleration leads to bitterness. Toleration is not longsuffering because longsuffering has the purpose of developing patience. Toleration is not being patient, because patience has the purpose of maturity where you want nothing, James 1:4.
There are people who you tolerate that love you, and have no idea you are tolerating them. Most have no knowledge that you are tolerating them, and wish they would disappear.
Some of those you tolerate are spiritually ahead of you, because your toleration, classes you with the hypocrites. Grace causes My Father to tolerate your toleration of others, until you are personally transformed by My love. When you are transformed by My love, your toleration will turn into unconditional love.
Spending time in My presence each day will transform your toleration to My unconditional love, but if you can’t afford the time with Me, you will spend the rest of your life tolerating those I place in your life! Love does not tolerate, 1 Corinthians 13. It transforms.
~ Jim Hammerle
|Jim Hammerle (1941-2017) began ministry working with David Wilkerson and Nicky Cruz, founding Teen Challenge Philadelphia. 6 times in the mission field pastoring a mission ship, 15 years with TV and radio, teaching, and preaching. As a retired businessman, Jim helped to feed widows and orphans in Uganda, helping Muslims find the Jesus who fed them. He became His banker and was privileged to give His money away, wherever He decided, so he also helping to build an orphanage in Haiti and investing in lives in the USA. Totally in love with his Lord, at age 73 he served in ministry at Victory Christian Church and lived every hour listening for his Heavenly Father’s voice. Jim passed away on May 23, 2017 to be with the LORD.|