Category Archives: Patience

“Let Patience Have Its Perfect Work”

“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing” (James 1:2-4).

Patience, a fruit of the Spirit, has been described as love and endurance under pressure. Patience is a characteristic that is longsuffering and does not retaliate; a willingness to wait; to expect; to hope for.

We are not born with patience. We need only to hear a baby cry for their immediate needs or hear a child selfishly say, “No!” or “Mine!”. However, it doesn’t take much insight to see that maturity and strength under pressure is much more difficult than it is to return evil for evil and be swift to strike back. It takes courage, strength, and love not to return injury and insult to others. An old Chinese proverb says: “Patience is power. With time and patience, the mulberry leaf becomes a silk gown.” Patience is the ability to endure to the end.

Patience is a fruit of the Spirit that is to be demonstrated in our relationships with one another. Love suffers (endures) long, and we are called upon to be patient and forbearing with one another (1 Cor 13:4; Eph 4:2; Col 3:12). Love, with patience, hopes all things. Patience is not passive—it is consecrated active faith and strength.

The Hebrew writer tells us to run the race set before us with patience (Heb 12:1). Truly, life is much like a race, and patience keeps doing God’s will regardless of the difficulties or the discouragements. The New Testament word for patience means “to abide under.” We are reminded of the great patience of the prophets and Job in James 5:10-11. It does not suggest giving up, compromising, or becoming complacent. Patience is keeping the course despite our circumstances.

Patience has a calm anticipation of hope. The New Testament speaks of the patience of hope (Rom 5:4; 8:25). Hope produces patience. When we love and have hope in God, we are inclined to be more patient. If we believe in the promises of God, we can patiently wait for them. The hope, power, and blessings of the gospel fill us with patience.

Pessimism is often due to a lack of patience. We look around and see awful conditions and think God is too slow (read the book of Habakkuk as an example of this). Some lose their faith and hope, but true patience can wait, endure, and persevere. Let us not be like the one who prayed in this manner— “Lord, give me patience, and give it to me right now!” Therefore, LET PATIENCE HAVE ITS PERFECT WORK, that you may be perfect and complete lacking nothing.” – By R. J. Evans

Please Be Patient

James 5:7-12; Psa 37:7-11

Patience is not a standalone trait. To have patience we must have faith, and to have faith we must “trust in the Lord”. We’re not going to believe anything the Lord has promised, and we’re certainly not going to have the patience it takes to secure those promises, unless we first trust Him. A trusting faith will be patient and wait on the Lord to accomplish His purpose through the trials of faith (James 1:2-4; Rom 5:3-4).

I. TEMPTATIONS IN PATIENCE

A. Complaining (Jas 5:9)
1. The longer we wait, the more likely we will complain.

B. False statements (Jas 5:12; Matt 5:33-37)
1. When the pressure is on, honesty is the first to go.

C. Temptation resistance (Jas 5:9, 12)
1. The Judge is standing, the Judgment is coming.

II. EXAMPLES IN PATIENCE

A. Farmers (Jas 5:7-8; Psa 130:1-6)
1. Don’t let appearances discourage you.

B. Prophets (Jas 5:10; Acts 7:52; Matt 5:11-12)
1. Looking back can help you look forward.

C. Job (Jas 5:11; Job 42:10-17; Jas 1:12)
1. He had no clue, but his patience was rewarded.

God has never wavered on His promises.
And even though we have wavered in our commitment to His promises,
they remain steadfast and unchangeable to the end (2 Peter 3:9).

Those Who Wait For The Lord

Isaiah 40:31

To wait for the Lord’s help; to place our trust in him
and to put our hope and confidence in Him.

I. WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

A. Answer to Prayer (1 Peter 5:5-8)

B. Coming of Jesus Christ (Phil 3:20-21; 1 Thess 1:10)

C. Day of God (2 Peter 3:11-12)

D. Redemption of Our Bodies (Rom 8:23-25)

Do our lives reflect that we are eagerly waiting for the Lord?

II. WAIT FOR THE LORD

A. Seek Him (Lam 3:25; Isa 8:17 – Matt 7:7; Matt 13:45-46)

B. Hope in His Word (Psa 130:5 – Col 1:3-5; Heb 13:5-6)

C. Obey His Word (Psa 37:34 – 1 John 2:3; 5:3)

D. Are Patient with Him & Others (Psa 37:7 – Jas 5:7; Gal 5:22; Col 3:12; 1:9-11)

E. Don’t Take Revenge (Prov 20:22 – Matt 5:44; 1 Cor 13:4; Rom 12:18-21; 2 Thess 1:6)

III. GIFTS OF THE LORD

A. New Strength: To defend the faith and serve our Lord (Eph 6:10-11; 1 Pet 4:11)

B. Wings like Eagles: To live above the world and in communion with God (Eph 2:4-6)

C. Run and Not Get Tired: To carry out an arduous schedule of service (Jas 5:8-11; Rom 15:4-5)

These are the blessings that a-wait those who-wait on the Lord.