1: capacity to endure pain or hardship :endurance, fortitude, stamina2a: sympathy or indulgence for beliefs or practices differing from or conflicting with one’s own b: the act of allowing something :toleration3: the allowable deviation from a standard; especially: the range of variation permitted in maintaining a specified dimension in machining a piece4a (1): the capacity of the body to endure or become less responsive to a substance (as a drug) or a physiological insult especially with repeated use or exposure
“One of the penalties of sin is our acceptance of it. It is not only God who punishes for sin, but sin establishes itself in the sinner and takes its toll. No struggling or praying will enable you to stop doing certain things, and the penalty of sin is that you gradually get used to it, until you finally come to the place where you no longer even realize that it is sin. No power, except the power that comes from being filled with the Holy Spirit, can change or prevent the inherent consequences of sin. ‘If we walk in the light as He is in the light. . .’ (1 John 1:7). For many of us, walking in the light means walking according to the standard we have set up for another person.” ~ Oswald Chambers
I think Chambers sums it all up nicely. So what do we do? We acknowledge we turned away. We stop denying and return to the truth. As Chambers says, only the Holy Spirit can do this work in our lives. Yes, we pray but we pray specifically for the Holy Spirit to renew us, to open our hearts to the Word we read each day. We ask for discernment and we ask:
Psalm 51:10 (ESV) “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.”
Philippians 4:8 (NASB) “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.”
At the risk of repeating myself, JUST DO IT (previous blog). Stop and call “IT” by the right name, SIN. Tolerance by Bible standards = love thy neighbor as they self. You can love someone and not love what they do. We should not let anything that the Bible calls SIN become “IT” simply because we have become desensitized by the world and we do not want to deal with “IT”.