By Pastor Sean
You may have heard someone say, “Be careful what you pray for” coupled with the warning that God will abundantly answer prayers for patience by adding some difficult challenge to your life!
We need to grow in patience, don’t we? First of all, you never know when you will need it. Let me ask you, have you become more patient over the last year? I think we all have had to learn it as we have had to adjust our daily schedule and surrender some of our goals and agenda to the demands of social distancing, travel bans, and mask requirements. We’ve also learned to be patient with people who understand the world differently than us in matters of health, politics, and worldview. We need to grow in patience.
Secondly, and more importantly, the Bible commands patience. The Bible says love is patient (1 Corinthians 13:4). How is love patient? Love is willing to overlook faults and it is willing to take the necessary time to see good things come into the lives of others.
This kind of patience is the result of knowing the grace of God. We see this in Colossians 3:12-14.
“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.”
God has loved us and He has been patient with us even at our worst. He loved us when we were sinners, before we knew Jesus Christ, and He has been patient with us, even when we have been slow in our Christian growth. In the same way, we are called to be patient with others. One of the ways we follow Jesus is by being patient with others.
Since God is patient with us and others as well, we should be patient also. Patience is opposed to pride. Patience with others admits that that we might be wrong, we might be focusing on the wrong things, and patience helps us stay committed to the truth while maintaining our relationships.
For the good of others and the glory of God, we can be patient, even as we learn to wait for the culmination of the ages with the return of Jesus Christ. Our faith is built on patience.
Beloved, we will make it through this time. The pandemic has stretched on for a long time and many of us are weary with the restrictions, with the canceled activities, with the constant vigilance, with being treated as a threat of sickness, with the kids being around the house, with the spread of misinformation, with the fear, with the callousness, with the loneliness, with the distance, and the many other consequences of this sickness upon our lives and loved ones.
Finding new renewal in Jesus Christ is critical to living with the patience we need. We pray that our worship services are renewing. Please come and worship and be renewed. Bring your family so they can be renewed as well. You don’t have to have it all together to join in worship, but we come together, accepting and loving one another as people in process.
Be renewed in fellowship together. Are you active in a Care Group? Most of our Care Groups are online and are easily accessible. Men, join in for our Men’s Breakfast this week. Think of patience as a pool of water that we must draw from regularly. We need to fill that pool back up. How is it best filled? Through fellowship with God and other people. In worship and relationships. Don’t think you can do it yourself. Jesus even sent His Holy Spirit to Comfort us – in other words, to fill us with more patience (John 16:7).
I am so thankful for you and look forward to our worship together.