Forbearance is one of the Fruits of the Spirit listed by the apostle Paul in Galatians 5:22-23. The fruits are attributes of God which He desires in us and with the help of the Holy Spirit, through the process of sanctification, we progress in these areas throughout our walk with Him. Forbearance is defined in the dictionary as patient self-control; restraint and tolerance. I know I can use a lot more of this and I suspect that many of you feel the same way. As noted above, this is a trait that the Creator of the Universe possesses and intentionally moves us toward, this is not something that I made up because I thought it would be nice. That said, I think even most non-believers would agree that forbearance is desirable in almost everyone and in almost all cases.
As it pertains to the mission of BBNF, many of the needy that we serve fall into the category of chronic homelessness, meaning that they have been homeless for a very long time (for a variety of reasons) and in many cases, they either don’t have families or were raised in homelessness. In speaking with many people in the social services field, these folks are the hardest to reach, which I can personally attest to. That said, we persevere while keeping the words of Paul in mind. We must have forbearance – patience, tolerance – remembering that we never know how continuing to provide for the basic needs of any person in need might impact them, especially when we consider in whose name we are serving.