Summary: A series on the Fruits of the Spirit: Patience
Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Outta control toddler
“Be patient Joey....”
Patience Does Not Equal Waiting
When you talk about Patience
Usually we think about Waiting, don’t we?
The problem is Patience does not = Waiting
The truth is you’re going to be waiting either way
Dr’s Office Waiting Room
The question is, HOW will you wait?
You’re going to wait either way
You’re going to wait for what you need
You’re going to wait for that promise, either way
But HOW will you wait?
Patience is waiting with the right spirit
Its having endurance, and perseverance
Its often spoken “the patience of Job...”
Patience of Job
Its often spoken “the patience of Job...”
Calamities, Tragedies, Adversities: Waiting to understand it all,
Waiting for restoration... But waiting with the right spirit
Job: Endurance, Perseverance
He kept a right spirit, in the midst of all of it
Why is a right spirit important?
Think again of the Dr’s office...
That right Spirit is what keeps you from giving up,
Throwing in the towel
James 5:11 KJV Behold, we count them happy which endure.
Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.
You can have patience b’c you’ve seen the end of the Lord
Patience is waiting with the right Spirit
Paul recounts what he’s been thru...
2 Corinthians 11 (NIV)
23 ... I have worked much harder, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed to death again and again.
24 Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one.
25 Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea,
26 I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my own countrymen, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false brothers.
27 I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked.
28 Besides everything else,
Now this is interesting -- Besides everything else?
Wait theres more?
How does it get any worse than that?
28 Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches.
So he has patience for all of those things
But now, people?
He had to learn patience with people
Patient With People
Proverbs 15:18 NIV A hot-tempered man stirs up dissension, but a patient man calms a quarrel.
KJV says slow to anger
Slowness in avenging wrongs
We’re quick to cast judgment
To put our foot down
Quick to get back
Quick to snap back
A patient person can heal a broken relationship
Maybe its a co-worker
Maybe its a child
Maybe its a spouse
But when we are patient
It will bring a healing to that relationship
1 Timothy 1:16 (NIV) But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life.
No matter who you are today
God has patience with you
As an example
God still loves them,
They fell down
And got back up
Jesus didn’t write off the Woman at the Well
He had patience with her
Jesus didn’t write off Zaccheus
He had patience with him
Jesus didn’t avenge Peter
He said Tell my disciples, and Peter
God has been patient with us!
And if He has been patient with me,
I must be patient w/others!
Patient With Problems
How many people have ever had a problem?
In school, they would hand you a sheet of “problems”
How many feel like that still happens?
Hey, here is a sheet of problems
Job had endurance in problems
Job had patience in adversity
Patience is hard because you don’t understand the situation
If at the Dr’s Office the nurse came out and said,
Here’s the situation,
The Dr is with a man who is having a heart attack right now
He’ll be with you in 10 minutes, no more than that...
But life doesn’t always work that way...
But you can always understand this about any situation...
Romans 5:3 (KJV)
And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also:
knowing that tribulation worketh patience;