Summary: James declared/asserted that Christian’s are obligated to patience. Christians are obligated to practice patience. But Why are they obligated? Patience gives us the capacity for...
OUR OBLIGATION To PATIENCE-I—James 5:7-12
I live a fast-paced life. I enjoy it! I like to get things done! People that take their time slow you down. Why should I be patient?
Let’s go to church, get this thing done....head out....enjoy the day! Yeah, I love Sundays!
James declared/asserted that Christian’s are obligated to patience.
Christians are obligated to practice patience.
Why are Christians obligated to patience?
7 capacities obligating the Christian to patience.
Obligating the Christian to patience is its Capacity for...
1—Patience gives us the capacity for...
The LONG HAUL/(:7a)
Explanation: (:7a) Endurance
:7—“Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early & latter rain.”
In view of the self-indulgent attitudes Christians face in the real world & even among their own, it is wise that they, as brothers in Christ, maintain “patience” regardless of their individual & corporate situations.
James calls direct attention to the relationships surrounding every Christian as siblings, by using & referencing the term “brethren” thruout these ending verses. He uses it 5X from :7-20.
Lk. 18:7—““And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day & night to Him, though He bears long(makroyumew) with them?”
“Patient”(See :7 & N. @:10)—makroyumew—1) To be of a long spirit, not to lose heart—1a) To persevere patiently & bravely in enduring misfortunes & troubles, 1b) To be patient in bearing the offenses & injuries of others, 1b1) To be mild & slow in avenging, 1b2) To be longsuffering, slow to anger, slow to punish. Strong—To be long-spirited, i.e. (objectively) Forbearing or (subjectively) Patient:-- Bear (suffer) long, be longsuffering, have (long) patience, be patient, patiently endure. Used 10X.
Lk. 8:15—In the parable of the Sower, Jesus describes the endurance of the good soil:—““But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble & good heart, keep it & bear fruit with patience.”
Rom. 2:5-8—“But in accordance with your hardness & your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath & revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who “will render to each one according to his deeds”: eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, & immortality; but to those who are self-seeking & do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness--indignation & wrath,”
Rom. 8:23-26—“Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body. For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance. Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.”