Character in Real Life - One-Minute Testimonials

TOLERANCE –A One-Minute Testimonial Announcement

Faith Committee, Character Council of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky

Contributed by Trudy Pettibone
Bible Teacher, Cincinnati, Ohio

March 13, 2002


Jesus always put himself in positions where he could teach. Jesus used Mary, the sister of Lazarus, to teach some people tolerance. Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem, where he knew he would die. He stopped in the town of Bethany, where Mary, Martha and Lazarus lived. In the town of Bethany, at a party given in Jesus’ honor by a man named Simon, Mary poured some expensive perfume on Jesus feet, and then wiped his feet with her hair. Because Mary had lived a sinful life, people thought Jesus should not let her touch him. Jesus saw in Mary’s life what others were not able to see: he saw Mary’s heart, which had been forgiven of sin because she had repented of her sinful life, and saw her love for him. Jesus told the people that they should accept what Mary had done, because she had done a good thing. Jesus wanted the people to see that we must love others, despite what we may see in their lives. We are all in different stages of growth. We must be careful to accept others based on the love of Jesus, not our prejudices and limited vision.

[Matthew 26:13, Mark 14:3-9, John 12:1-11]


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