Sheryl Boldt

Why we should bear others’ shortcomings

Can you imagine how deeply our heavenly Father grieves when He sees His children mistreating each other? If I had as many children as God does, I wouldn’t last a day. Correction: I wouldn’t last five seconds. 

Thankfully, God is long-suffering.

I yearned for my children to learn what it means to bear (tolerate, endure) one another’s shortcomings rather than mercilessly mocking and tattling on one another. I prayed that one day they’d work harder at helping each other succeed than at spotlighting each other’s weaknesses. 

I wonder if God yearns for this too.

Sometimes, we fail to extend grace over the weaknesses of our spiritual brothers and sisters. We fall short in coming alongside them discreetly (not ignoring the issue, but choosing not to broadcast it), with compassion as they work to change. 

Each time we expose or pick on people’s flaws, we perpetuate their shame and embarrassment and fuel their growing disappointment with themselves. God not only sees the pain we cause, but also the destruction such actions cause in our own hearts when we behave this way. 

If it tugs at our hearts when one of our dearly loved children mistreats their sibling, whom we also love, imagine how much it grieves our heavenly Father when we undermine one another.

Let’s focus on the first four words of 1 Corinthians 13:7 (ESV): “Love bears all things.” 

Imagine what our world would look like if we accept that the people in our lives will never be perfect and chose instead to tolerate their imperfections. And pray for them to have the grace to bear with ours as well. Sometimes, the best way to love each other, besides praying for one another, is to remember that we’re all works in progress. 

May we learn (and remember) how much God loves us and try to see others through His eyes of unconditional love. Then, perhaps we can move toward bearing with each other for more than five seconds at a time.

Sheryl H. Boldt, a Franklin County resident, is the author of the blog, Connect with her at

Similar Posts

Meet the Editor

David Adlerstein, The Apalachicola Times’ digital editor, started with the news outlet in January 2002 as a reporter.

Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

Wendy Weitzel The Star Digital Editor

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.