Summary: A look at how important patience is to a Christian.
This is a sermon for me and everyone that, works a high stress job and/ or have a lack of patience. I fit both of these categories. It is something I have fought all my life, and have lost many of the battles. It is something I’m not proud of and something I worry about a lot.
Endurance, staying power, tolerance, lack of complaint, persistence, fortitude and serenity are words synonymous with patience.
Annoyance, irritation, edginess, and intolerance are words that are synonymous with impatience and words that fit me at certain times.
With this as many others things in life we can find help, if we a willing to follow it, in the Bible
1 A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
2 The tongue of the wise makes knowledge acceptable, but the mouth of fools spouts folly.
3 The eyes of the LORD are in every place, watching the evil and the good.
4 A soothing tongue is a tree of life, but perversion in it crushes the spirit.
5 A fool rejects his father’s discipline, but he who regards reproof is sensible.
6 Great wealth is in the house of the righteous, but trouble is in the income of the wicked.
7 The lips of the wise spread knowledge, but the hearts of fools are not so. 8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, but the prayer of the upright is His delight.
9 The way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, But He loves one who pursues righteousness.
10 Grievous punishment is for him who forsakes the way; He who hates reproof will die.
11 Sheol and Abaddon lie open before the LORD, How much more the hearts of men
12 A scoffer does not love one who reproves him, He will not go to the wise.
13 A joyful heart makes a cheerful face, but when the heart is sad, the spirit is broken
14 The mind of the intelligent seeks knowledge, but the mouth of fools feeds on folly.
15 All the days of the afflicted are bad, but a cheerful heart has a continual feast.
16 Better is a little with the fear of the LORD Than great treasure and turmoil with it.
17 Better is a dish of vegetables where love is than a fattened ox served with hatred.
18 A hot tempered man stirs up strife, but the slow to anger calms a dispute.
29 He who is slow to anger has great understanding, But he who is quick tempered exalts folly.
8 The end of a matter is better than its beginning; Patience of spirit is better than haughtiness of spirit.
JAMES 1: 19 20
19 This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger;
20 for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.
We already know that we have to have patience.
1 Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called,
2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love,
3 being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Again we know we must have patience it is very important for a Christian. So how do we who lack it get it?