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Miss Thompson taught Teddy Stallard in the fourth grade. He was a slow, unkempt student, a loner shunned by his classmates. The previous year his mother died, and what little motivation for school he may have once had was now gone. Miss Thompson didn’t particularly care for Teddy either, but at Christmas time he brought her a small present. Her desk was covered with well-wrapped presents from the other children, but Teddy’s came in a brown sack. When she opened it there was a gaudy rhinestone bracelet with half the stones missing and a bottle of cheap perfume. The children began to snicker but Miss Thompson saw the importance of the moment. She quickly splashed on some perfume and put on the bracelet, pretending Teddy had given her something special. At the end of the day Teddy worked up enough courage to softly say, "Miss Thompson, you smell just like my mother . . . and her bracelet looks real pretty on you too. I’m glad you like my presents." After Teddy left, Miss Thompson got down on her knees and prayed for God’s forgiveness. She prayed for God to use her as she sought to not only teach these children but to love them as well. She became a new teacher. She lovingly helped students like Teddy, and by the end of the year he had caught up with most of the students. Miss Thompson didn’t hear from Teddy for a long time. Then she received this note: "Dear Miss Thompson, I wanted you to be the first to know. I will be graduating second in my class. Love, Teddy Stallard." Four years later she got another note: "Dear Miss Thompson, They just told me I will be graduating first in my class. I wanted you to be the first to know. The university has not been easy, but I liked it. Love, Teddy Sta...
The Christian just keeps right on moving and triumphing over life and glorying within tribulation, enduring longsuffering within and attitude of joyfulness. Perhaps this has never been portrayed more graphically than in the movie “The Hiding Place.” The true story of Corrie Ten Boom while within a concentration camp north of Berlin, Germany. Here are her words. “Far away from my home in Holland, the barracks where we lived, my sister Betsy and me, now was to be within the shadow of a crematory. Everyday about 600 bodies were burned there while yet alive. When I saw the smoke go up in the air I asked myself, “When will it be my time to die?” I did not know before hand that I should be set free by a miracle from God, a blunder of man one week before the Germans killed all the women of my age.” She says, “I have looked death in the eye not once, but several times. When you see death within people’s eyes, you wake up to the reality that the next one could be your own death. What a joy it was that Jesus was with me and that I knew that He had died on a cross for all the sins of the whole world and also for my sins as well.
Now listen to these words! “I was not afraid! I knew that when they killed me I would go to the Father within heaven. How can we know how rich we are in Jesus and his abiding presence? By looking at the cross. Sometimes in that terrible concentration camp we had to stand naked. They stripped us of all our clothes. Seven times I went through that ordeal. The first time was the worst. I could hardly bear it. I have never felt so cold, so miserable, so humbled in all my life. I said to my sister Betsy, “I ca...
Galatians 5:22 tells us that longsuffering is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. The Greek word for longsuffering means, "patience, forbearing, perseverance, being constant, steadfast, and enduring." The practical application of this fruit is that God's Holy Spirit gives obedient Christians an ability to be long-suffering which enables them to continue in their service to the Lord no matter what may come their way.
At times the Great Commission is hard work and puts tremendous pressure on all who are dedicated to the Lord's mandate. Christians have known discouragement and disappointment. They have even been wronged, abused, slandered, and injured. Disease, accidents and old age afflict even the child of God. The obedient Christian, however, is infused by the power of the Holy Spirit with longsuffering and is enabled to see his labors through to a healthy completion.
Longsuffering never strikes back when personally attacked for living the Christian life. The fruit of longsuffering is a great trait of God and every Christian can be enjoying it as they walk in step with the Holy Spirit. The apostle Paul exhorts Christians with, "Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ." (Philippians 1:27)
Christians can actually be longsuffering in their labors with God if they would completely surrender to the Holy Spirit's leading when it comes to reaching out to the lost and calling them unto the true God. We need only to look to the Book of Jonah. It is a revelation of God's character and attitude toward those who do not know Him.
This portion of God's Word tells of a time when God sent the prophet Jonah to Nineveh, an Assyrian city that had become very wicked and cruel. Historians tell us that they were greatly feared and hated because of their bloodthirsty acts of terror. Jonah's message from God was, "Forty more days and Nineveh will be overturned." The Bible says, "The Ninevites believed God..." (Jonah 3: 4 - 5) and repented from their sins. "When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, He had compassion and did not bring upon them the destruction He had threatened." (Jonah 3:10) God longs to see the wicked come to repentance. Students of the Book of Jonah know that, although the prophet Jonah desired judgment to come upon Nineveh, God was longsuffering unto repentance.
Many today live in their own world of self-will, desiring worldliness rather than godliness. Yet God has withheld His han...