patience my @ss

May 27, 2015

praying mom

PATIENCE

 

Patience is admirable quality of life that few people, including Christians, seem to possess. According to God’s Word, our lives are to be characterized by patience, for it is important in developing that mature, stable character which God wants to produce in His people. “Love is patient, love is kind. . .it is not easily angered” (1 Corinthians 13:4,5, NIV).

Patience is the ability to absorb strain and stress without complaint and to be left undisturbed by obstacles, delays, or failures. God allows difficulties, inconveniences, trials, and even suffering to come our way for a specific purpose: they help develop the right attitude for the growth of patience. As the Christian sees these trials working wo this advantage in achieving beneficial, character-building results, the stage is set for the development of a patient spirit. God the Holy Spirit will then be able to produce the fruit of patience in his life. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy peace, patience. . .” (Galatians 5:22, NIV).

A bit of introspection and analysis on our part in regard to impatience may be revealing and helpful. What makes me impatient?

Am I immature? Am I petty?

“But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil” (Hebrews 5:14, NIV).

Am I selfish, legalistic or demanding? Am I able to make allowances for the mistakes and imperfections in others, remembering that God is still working on them, too?

“. . .Be patient (tolerant) toward all men. See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men” (1 Thessalonians 5:14,15, KJV).

Am I easily irked because “someone is getting away with something”?

“Fret not thyself because of evil doers” (Psalm 37:1, KJV).

Am I envious or jealous?

“Be patient and stand firm. Don’t grumble against each other, brothers, or you will be judged” (James 5:8, 9, NIV).

Am I materialistic? Am I dominated by the spirit of this world?

“If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above. . .” (Colossians 3:1, KJV).

Have I really dealt with the “secular mentality”?

“. . .For I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances”

(Philippians 4:11, NIV).

Am I insensitive to God’s attempts to deal with me by permitting adverse circumstances, irritations, and stress to buffet me in order that through His grace I might learn to transcend self and grow in love and spiritual stature?

“My brother, count it all joy when ye fall into divers (various) temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing” (James 1:2-4, KJV).

Because impatience is a characteristic of the “old nature” or “Adamic nature” (Colossians 3:9, 10), the “put-off”, put-on” principle should be practiced. Impatience is a response that must be “unlearned.” Paul says, “But I see another law at work. . .waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin. . .What a wretched man I am. Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God – through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 7:23-25, NIV).

Thus:

I must renounce my impatience – “Put-off.”

I must surrender a little more each day as I claim His power in faith – “Put-off” + “Put-on”. (2 Timothy 1:17, Galatians 2:20.)

I then claim His victory, His love and His patience as the fruit of the Spirit – “Put-on.” (1 Corinthians 13:4,5; Galatians 5:22.)

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.”

                                                                                                                  1 Corinthians 13:4,5, NIV

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”

                                                                                                                      Galatians 5:22, 23, KJV

“. . .but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope: and hope maketh not ashamed. . .”                                        Romans 5:3-5, KJV

“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20, KJV

“Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for he fall and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. Don’t grumble against each other, brothers, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door.”                                                                                                                      James 5:7,8, NIV

“Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.”                                    Psalm 37:7, KJV

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