What Is Godly Tolerance?

The world calls it "tolerance" but it's actually not tolerance at all. This 1-minute devotion uses Scripture to explain.

"Tolerance" means treating all people humanely even if we disagree with their beliefs. This kind of tolerance is a Christian principle (Matthew 7:12).

But our culture often uses the word tolerance to mean approval, acceptance, and favor for those whom they deem worthy; and disapproval, rejection, and disfavor for Christians who disagree with them.

That's not tolerance. It's bullying.

No one, absolutely no one, approves of all beliefs because beliefs conflict and contradict each other. If we all agreed, tolerance wouldn't be necessary. 
As we face increasing censorship, each of us must make a choice:
1.  We can keep silent and make Jesus ashamed of us (Mark 8:38).
2.  We can depend on our human reasoning and worldly philosophies that foolishly reject God's truths (Proverbs 3:5; 1 Corinthians 3:18-20).
3. Or we can love Jesus enough to stand for His truth, no matter the cost (1 John 5:3).

God's principles, truths, Word and ways are the purest wisdom. Nothing about them is hateful, impure, unloving, or wrong.

We can't force God on the world, but we must be careful not to let the world force their foolishness on us.

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The world calls it "tolerance" but it's actually not tolerance at all. This 1-minute devotion uses Scripture to explain.

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  1. So very timely and true! I appreciate these posts.

  2. Such an excellent point: "if no one is wrong, neither is anyone right."

  3. My pastor recently did a sermon on tolerance. I find myself turning back to my notes from his sermon quite a bit. You've shared wonderful words. Thank you. Blessings,

  4. Wished these devotions could be sent via whatsapp

  5. Do your really think we can make Jesus ashamed of us when we loves us unconditionally? Don't think so! Impossible

    1. Yes, John. I believe what Jesus says in Mark 8:38:

      "If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”

    2. Gracias por estos pequeños estudios que nos hacen recordar nuestra identidad

  6. Appreciate this message Gail
    Lord I seek Your wisdom regarding this topic.
    Give me wisdom to know how and what
    to say in situations like this. I definitely do not want to take on the world's wisdom!

  7. A pertinent post, + a reminder that's needed more than ever nowadays. Thank u Gail. Along the lines of what a friend + I were discussing recently, so I sent her the link.

  8. hi Gail, i agree, good message.