“How can a society that exists on instant rice, packaged cake mixes, frozen dinners, and instant cameras teach patience to its young?” ~Paul Sweeney
“Patience is something you admire in the driver behind you and scorn in the one ahead.” ~Mac McCleary
“Still achieving, still pursuing, Learn to labor and to wait.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
How many times in the day or week has your patience been tested? What are the hot spots that erupt your impatience? Why even try to have this fruit alive and active in your life? I do hope that by the end of our time this morning, you will find a way to build your patience and allow that and other fruit of the Spirit be as natural as breathing.
Face the facts, you all need to breath. We all need to show patience...mainly because our Lord is patient with us...BIG TIME.
And seeing this fourth fruit is tucked into the other more desirable fruit, we need to realize this fruit is important, too.
Love never fails.
Now, lets try something. Put your name in the blank...not to make us feel strange or defeated, but as a target for your life...
____ is patient, ___ is kind. ___ does not envy, ___ does not boast, ___ is not proud. ___ is not rude, ___ is not self-seeking, ___ is not easily angered, ___ keeps no record of wrongs. ___ does not delight in evil but ____rejoices with the truth. ____ always protects, ____ always trusts, ____ always hopes, ____ always perseveres.
____ never fails.
Why is this important? Because...
There is a command for patience in the Bible. It is not one that you can pick. I’ll take love and patience but not faithfulness or goodness.
When you win in cards, running, darts, a lottery, win in love, there is a great reward! There is also a great reward in having patience alive in you.
Hebrews 10:36 (NIV) “You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised.”
When we win in this contest of the battle for our will and spirit, our emotions are lifted and we are set free.
The Truth here is that it is promised to us. Enjoy to the full sort of living. There is real freedom in that!
A great reward, indeed!
The complete joy may not be understood now...not yet. There may not be even a hint of joy in what you are going through, but He is faithful. Him, who has called you to follow Him will provide for you a way to stand up and move on with life. Again, it may not look like the dream you once had but in the long run, there will be no more tears, no sadness, no sorrow. It will be His joy in you as you wait...in patience, for Him to bring these things to past.
Six things to look to as this Godly patience is being worked into your impatient lives.
- Faith: 2 Thess 1:4
- Wait: Isa 40:31
- Trust: Isa 25:9
- Suffering: Romans 5:3-5
- Obey: 1 Peter 2:18-19
- Stand firm: James 5:8
Moving toward the MARK! Toward the Lord. And this is done with the Holy One working His will out in your life as you surrender to Him...to His tender care for you.
Next week: Communion Sunday. Come with a prepared heart to remember Him.