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Willing Patience or Willingly Patient

Joan Winifred

Stuff studied today at the mind gym…”patience“…

“You too exercise patience.” James 5:8

My sea green highlights aka points appreciated…🙂

4 According to the Bible, patience is a product of holy spirit; without God’s help, imperfect humans cannot be patient to the degree needed. Patience is a gift from God, and being patient is a key way to show our love for him. Patience is also an expression of our love for others. Persistent impatience weakens the bonds of love; patience strengthens them. (1 Cor. 13:4; Gal. 5:22) […] For example, it is closely connected with endurance, which enables us to put up with difficult circumstances while maintaining a positive attitude. (Col. 1:11; Jas. 1:3, 4) Patience can also involve suffering without retaliating and remaining firm and steadfast no matter what may come our way. Additionally, the Bible urges us to accept willingly the need to wait. This aspect of patience is highlighted at James 5:7, 8:”Be patient then, brothers, until the presence of the Lord. Look! The farmer keeps waiting for the precious fruit of the earth, exercising patience over it until the early rain and the late rain arrive. 8 You too exercise patience; make your hearts firm, because the presence of the Lord has drawn close.

5 Why must we be willing to accept the need to wait for Jehovah (God of Bible/God of Compassion) to act? James compares our situation to that of a farmer. Even though a farmer works hard to plant his crop, he has no control over the weather or the growth of the plants. He cannot speed up the time. He accepts that he needs to wait patiently for “the precious fruit of the earth.” In a similar manner, there are many factors that are beyond our control as we wait for the fulfillment of Jehovah’s promises. (Mark 13:32, 33: “Concerning that day or the hour nobody knows, neither the angels in heaven nor the Son, but the Father. 33 Keep looking, keep awake, for you do not know when the appointed time is.”

Acts 1:7: “He said to them: “It does not belong to you to know the times or seasons that the Father has placed in his own jurisdiction (authority).” Like the farmer, we need to wait patiently.

[excerpted article Are You Willing to Wait Patiently? w 8/2017]

Personally, know I need to work on being more patient about a lot of things and with a lot of people…

Peace & Patience to You Reader:)

10/01/17 @ 5:15 p.m.


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