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Dictionary of Bible Themes – 8353 tolerance
8353 tolerance

8353 tolerance

The virtue of being prepared to accept people and their viewpoints. While commended within the church, Scripture insists that believers must have a vital concern for maintaining and defending the truth.

Toleration should be exercised for the benefit of those whose faith is weak

Ro 14:1 See also Ro 14:2-6,13-22; 1Co 8:8-13

Examples of tolerance

By Jesus Christ: Mt 19:13-14 pp Mk 10:13-14 pp Lk 18:15-16 in contrast to the disciples’intolerance; Mk 9:33-36 pp Lk 9:46-47; Mk 9:38-40 pp Lk 9:49-50
Php 1:17-18 by Paul

Limits to toleration

Evil cannot be tolerated Hab 1:13

Wickedness cannot be tolerated Rev 2:2

Serious doctrinal errors cannot be tolerated Gal 2:4; 2Th 2:1-3 See also 1Ti 6:3-5,20-21; 2Ti 4:3-4; 2Pe 2:1

Sexual sin should not be tolerated 1Co 5:1-5; 1Co 6:18-20; Rev 2:14

Idolatry should not be tolerated 1Co 10:7; 1Jn 5:21

See also

1095God, patience of
5762attitudes, God to people
6237sexual sin
8026faith, growth in
8298love for one another

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