This week’s study is concentrating on patience. Thank you for joining me, as we explore God’s word. I pray it will be a blessing to you.
As my fingers steadily drummed the steering wheel, thoughts of being late to my appointment ran through my mind. Would they tell me I needed to make another appointment, as they reminded me of how late I was?
I was counting down the minutes, as I finally arrived at my doctor’s office, totally stressed. Only three minutes late, I walked into the building. They did not blink an eye and greeted me with a friendly smile. Why in the world had I made such a big deal of it?
Being late has been a pet peeve of mine since childhood. Even when arriving only a minute or so after my scheduled arrival time, I find myself in near panic mode. I have no idea what makes me this way. Was I overly scolded when late as a child? Had I caused someone else to be late to an important appointment? I have no idea.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
~Galatians 5:22-23a CEB
I was definitely not exhibiting the fruit of patience while caught in the seemingly endless line of traffic. I had made it all about me while making my way to the appointment with my doctor, never even considering the other drivers’ feelings. Reflecting on this fact, as I waited to be called into the examination room, I felt a nudge from the Holy Spirit which caused me to be ashamed of my impatience.
“Lord, please forgive me for acting like a spoiled child and only thinking of myself.” I prayed silently.
Brothers and sisters, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.
~James 5:10-11 NIV
Most of us have probably heard someone describe a person as having “the patience of Job.” The above Scripture tells us where that expression came from. Job was a righteous man who lived during Old Testament times. We can read about him in the Book of Job, which tells of his great suffering while remaining faithful to God. He trusted God throughout major tragedy and loss, never turning away from Him, even when his wife urged him to curse God.
Being patient is a choice. Just as Job chose to patiently trust God and not turn away from Him, we can choose to be patient instead of indulging in self-centeredness. We can choose to trust God no matter the circumstances in which we find ourselves. Like Job, we can trust God and be drawn closer to Him.The choice of patience naturally draws us closer to God. #VineWords #TheFruitofPatience @venable_wells Click To Tweet
The choice of patience naturally draws us closer to God. Here are some Scriptures which you may want to mark in your Bible or to memorize. They are from both the Old and New Testaments and give us understanding in how to live out patience in our Christian walk:
1) And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle, and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. (1 Thessalonians 5:14 NIV)
2) Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. (Romans 12:12 ESV)
3) So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. (Colossians 3:12 NASB)
4) Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous, it does not brag, and it is not proud. (1 Corinthians 13:4 NCV)
5) A patient person shows great understanding, but a quick-tempered one promotes foolishness. (Proverbs 14:29 HCSB)
6) Better a patient person than a warrior, one with self-control than one who takes a city. (Proverbs 16:32 NIV)
Ministry to others entails being encouragers and helpers. Exhibiting patience during these times lets the light of Jesus shine through us. We can give others hope, as we consistently pray for them. According to Colossians 3:12, we are to put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
My pastor, Brent, often tells us that the Church is not property; the Church is people. Those of us who belong to Jesus, through salvation, are the Church. If we belong to Him, we are required to love others and show kindness and understanding to them. We are required to strive to live in such a way as to display the fruit of patience in our daily life.
As we draw closer to God, we learn to trust Him to move on our behalf. When we step back and let Him do things His way, instead of us doing them our way, our faith is strengthened. Isaiah 40:31 NKJVa tells us, “But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength …” We become more Christlike, as the Holy Spirit develops patience in us. Without Him, it is impossible to embrace patience in our daily lives. If you have never accepted Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, I invite you to do so today. He is ready to receive you as His own.
Father God, please reveal Your great love for us, as we call upon You. Show us how to share this love with others, as Jesus did, when He lived on the earth. I also pray for the ones reading this Bible study, who do not know You as Savior and Lord. Please draw them to You, and guide them into repentance and salvation. For Your glory, we pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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EVELYN MASON WELLS
Evelyn Mason Wells is an award-winning author who has contributed to Heart Renovation: A Construction Guide to Godly Character (2019 Selah finalist, Lighthouse Bible Studies), Glimmers of Heavenly Light (Faith Books & More), Let the Earth Rejoice (Worthy Inspired), Breaking the Chains (2018 Selah finalist, Lighthouse Bible Studies), Just Breathe (Worthy/Ellie Claire), and Feed Your Soul with the Word of God (Lighthouse Bible Studies).
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