Imitate the pearl oyster!
(Charles Spurgeon, "Love's Labors")
"Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you." Colossians 3:13
I wish, brothers and sisters, that we could all imitate the pearl oyster. A hurtful particle intrudes itself into its shell, and this vexes and grieves it. The oyster cannot reject the evil—but it 'covers' it with a precious substance extracted out of its own life, by which it turns the intruder into a pearl!
Oh, that we could do so with the provocations we receive from our fellow Christians—so that pearls of patience, gentleness, and forgiveness might be bred within us, by that which otherwise would have harmed us!
"Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins." 1 Peter 4:8