- When confronting a group of Pharisees whose man-made legal burdens had been added to the Law of Moses, Jesus called them hypocrites and white-washed tombs. His intolerance for the religious burdens showed people what grace was without breaking the Law of the Old Testament (Matthew 23:27).
- He found a tax collector named Zacchaeus hiding in a tree and went home with this sinner to have dinner. His intolerance of the stealing of this wee man drew the thief to repentance (Luke 19:1-10).
- An adulterous woman thrown at His feet was given grace instead of condemnation. He didn’t tolerate her behavior, but His forgiveness caused a changed life for her (John 8:1-11).
- Demons were not tolerated by Christ. He didn’t pat the people in whom the demons dwelt on the back and say, “I’m sorry for your situation.” He cast the demons out and restored people to normal life (Matthew 4:10, Luke 11:14, Matthew 8:16, Mark 1:34, Luke 4:35).
- The greed of the money changers at the temple wasn’t tolerated. Jesus drove them out and restored order to worship (Matthew 21:12).
- He risked offending Martha when she questioned her sister, Mary’s, refusal to help with dinner. Yet His gentle correction showed Martha her motives were wrong (Luke 10:38-42).
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