November 13, 2022
“22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. 26 Let us not become boastful, challenging one another, envying one another.”
Galatians 5:22–26 (NASB)
“7 Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains. 8 You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near. 9 Do not complain, brethren, against one another, so that you yourselves may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing right at the door. 10 As an example, brethren, of suffering and patience, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 11 We count those blessed who endured. You have heard of the endurance of Job and have seen the outcome of the Lord’s dealings, that the Lord is full of compassion and is merciful. “
James 5:7–11 (NASB1995)
Patience is the grace-ability to suffer hardship, or to be wronged without becoming bitter, or striking back; it’s the ability to wait on God for good ultimate outcomes.
Patience is how well you wait.
How Patience Grows in You
I. Patience is the Power of Waiting
“Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord … You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near. “
James 5:7–8 (NASB 1995)
“For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, “
2 Corinthians 4:17 (ESV)
II. Patience Requires Training
“Do not complain, brethren, against one another … “
James 5:9 (NASB1995)
“28 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth Does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable.
29 He gives strength to the weary, And to him who lacks might He increases power.
30 Though youths grow weary and tired, And vigorous young men stumble badly,
31 Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.”
Isaiah 40:28–31 (NASB)
“Ah Lord GOD! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for You,”
Jeremiah 32:17 (NASB1995)
“25 I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten … You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, who has dealt wondrously with you. And my people shall never again be put to shame.”
Joel 2:25-26 (ESV)
III . Patience Has An Outcome: Blessing
“We count those blessed who endured. You have … that the Lord is full of compassion and is merciful. “
James 5:11 (NASB1995)