There’s a fable about an old couple that were known to have been constantly quarreling for many years. All at once the strife ceased. The village gossip called to inquire what had produced the change. She was told they kept two bears in the house and the peace was due to them. The couple were no longer “crabby Pattys” and they gave all the credit to the bears.
In the early years of Captain Kangaroo, the cartoon character, Tom Terrific was introduced. He lived in a tree house and could transform himself into anything he wanted, thanks to his magic thinking cap. Every week he would come against his arch foe Crabby Appleton (the first Crabby Patty), whose motto was, “I’m rotten to the core!” And, no matter how bad he was, Tom would miraculously become whatever was needed to overcome Crabby’s rottenness.
That old couple told the town gossip that their reconciliation and renewed love was due to the scripture bears now living in the house. The one was, “Bear ye one another’s burdens;” and the other, “Forbearing one another in Love.” Their names were Bear and Forbear. The explanation of it all was, the old couple had become transformed by the bears and had overcome their antagonism towards each other.
The name Bear means: to endure with strength and hope; to sustain and maintain Love; to carry the burden of the moment as if it is a gift to strengthen your character; to continue and gain something necessary for your own well-being; to know that this difficult moment comes from the Hand of God.
The name Forbear means: to hold oneself up against the other with a humble and sympathetic spirit; to understand the destructive nature of the moment and seek a resolution with kindness and mercy; to be gentle and kind in response; to have the nature of a lamb; to be enabled in the moment to restrain oneself and refrain from responding with anger and resentment.
“There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God. God is in the midst of her. She shall not be moved. God shall help her and that right early. Then He showed me a river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and the Lamb. On either side was the Tree of Life which bare twelve manner of fruits and yielded His fruit every month and the leaves of the Tree were for healing of the people.“
Those who drink from the River of Life are empowered to Bear the other’s burdens and those who eat from the Tree of Life Forbear one another with the Fruit of Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faith, Self-control, Humility, Forgiveness, Power and a Sound Mind.