Today has been a happy-sun-filled-family-church-day.
I feel seriously blessed.
The sermon this morning was a great application on how God wants us to practice patience.
Because God wants us to develop in our fruit-bearing capacity.
Patience is something that is very, very powerful.
But people can often be patient with some things and not with others. Human patience goes up and down like a yo-yo. It’s a temporary and swayed human emotion.
But we are talking about God’s patience. A fruit which is very different. Totally different.
Romans 15 v 5 says, ‘Now the God of all patience…’
He can start the fruit of His patience to grow in our lives, because He is the source of all patience.
Patience isn’t just an attitude of mind, it is about action. It’s also about persevering action.
We see this in the patience of God.
1 Peter 3 v 20 ‘God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built.’
Even in his grief over creating man, He is waiting patiently. He is sending them a preacher called Noah. He is having an ark built for the rescue of those who will repent. For 120 years, God waited.
1 Peter 3 v 9 ‘He is patient with you not wanting anyone to perish but all to come to repentance.’
God has been patient with each of us. And He is active in pursuing us. This is His incredible patience. He searches us out.
God wants us to be like minded with Him.
So that He can demonstrate His prefect patience in us (1 Timothy 1 v 16). Our testimony should speak of the God of patience.
Because a patient person has great understanding (Proverbs 14 v 29). Understanding where we have come from and the power of the grace of God. Understanding that everyone of us is different.
A patient person makes a positive difference in life. ‘A hot tempered man stirs up dissension but a patient man calms a quarrel’ (Proverbs 15 v 18).
Because a patient man is better than a warrior (Proverbs 16 v 32). Now, we’re all called to be warriors, but patience is the foundation.
And if we want more patience, we need to ask God for it. We need to seek Him.
We need to abide in the source of patience. Abide in the Presence of God, in the God of all patience.
We have to appreciate God’s timing. Even when it’s not the same as our timing. We need to have confidence that God will turn up, even when we’re waiting patiently for Him. God has a plan, He’s working it through and we can trust Him.
And God can change lives. He can change us. Because Holy Spirit calls forth the patience of Himself, that He has planted in our hearts and called to bear His fruit.
And then we spent this afternoon with a mix of fun, fellowship, beach BBQ-ing, and long catch ups.
Thank You Jesus for my precious church family 🙂