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Patience: God's Grace to Suffer LongBy Evan Nehring
And then it’s our job to be imitators of God in the area of patience:
My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. (James 1:19-20)
Life is chalk-full of conflicts. It is unrealistic, unhealthy, and spiritually naive to live life expecting everything to fall into place just for you. Life doesn't get out of the way simply because we become Christians. The sooner we accept this, the sooner we can begin find patience. The Apostle Paul gives us some guidance here, in the book of Hebrews.
How to Suffer Long, Hebrews 12:1-2
“Since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses”
This is one of the reasons given for patiently enduring. I won’t minimize what you’re dealing with, but you've got excellent company in this crowd of believers over the centuries. They abandoned great riches to follow God’s plans. They endured slaughter of their people. You can be a part of the great cloud of witnesses! We’ll be more patient if we know we are not alone.
“Throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles”
Get rid of what saps your energy, steals your time, distracts you, and blocks your relationship with God. If you want to be more patient, get focused on what God has called you to do. With God’s help, you can be released from things that are tying you up in knots!
“Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us”
Run the race! Get focused and go for it! Did you realize that impatience is laziness? Oswald Chambers said Jesus was “never hasting and never resting.” Jesus was never in too much of a hurry to help people, but he paced himself like a marathon runner and kept moving. Part of patience is having urgency about what’s truly important.
“Fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith”
WWJD! Make your life decisions the way you feel Jesus would have you do it! After a while your natural reactions and even your first thoughts will start to be more Jesus-like. Be Jesus to your world.
“for the joy set before him [Jesus] endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Don’t forget about what’s ahead! Students, that summer vacation is just one short winter away! Employees, hang in there and work hard. That promotion will come. Employers, continue to train and encourage and that productivity will rise. We never will exactly arrive, here on earth, so we better find joy in the journey!
If you can always give the situation what it needs, instead of uncorking because you need, you’re a very patient person. Take a moment and pause before you respond. If you can’t change things, don’t shake your fist at the sky. Trust in God and make the best of what you have.
Comments Are Always Welcome...I know God's Word helps me when my anger gets up. How about you?
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