011: Open-Handed vs Closed-Handed Issues

Open-Handed vs Closed-Handed Issues

In other words, in this section on “Bearing with one another in love”, we will be looking at sin issues vs. non-sin issues.


Forbearance is the ability to distinguish sin issues from non-sin issues. Although we must sometimes show forbearance when people sin, we will more often have to put up with the non-sinful things that others are accustomed to doing.


We will be talking about bearing with one another when people sin in a later section of this study.


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What You'll Discover in this Episode:

  • If we cannot discern between good and evil, right and wrong, we will either not be able to endure people, because everything will become an offense to us.
  • Often we will have to bear with the nonsinful things that others are doing.
  • Being a forbearing person means that you're able to allow and accept or overlook, the things or habits or things that cause you to be annoyed or irritated.
  • If we cannot discern between good and evil, right and wrong, we will either not be able to endure people, because everything will become an offense to us.
  • Open-Handed Issue: Issues in which you could go either way. The person with whom you are in conflict may prefer to go in one direction, while you go in another. 
  • Close-Handed Issues: An issue that is very difficult to agree with a clear conscience. These are things that are clearly delineated in scripture, or at least the principle is taught in scripture.

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