Scripture: Col 3:12-13 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
Summary: The only way to have a successful relationship with someone is to love and accept them “as is.” We have to make an allowance for each other’s faults.
Thomas Merton said, “Love is letting those we love be perfectly themselves, and not twisting them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we see in them.”
One hallmark of maturity is acknowledging that no one is perfect and loving them despite their short comings.