Friday, 2 October 2020

Let Patience Grow

Scripture: James 5 v 7 - 10: "Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. 
8  Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.
9  Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door. 
10  Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience."

One of the fruits of the Holy Spirit is patience, also known as, long suffering, which describes it well.  We learn patience when we have suffered, or put up with a negative situation for a long time without complaining.

Our Father is very patient because He has had to be concerned about human nature for thousands of years.  One of our many problems is impatience.  We live in an age of instant gratification and if our demands are not met promptly we demonstrate our displeasure very vocally.

Sometimes we take to the city streets in huge protests with placards and sometimes violence to make our anger known.  Definitely, some protests are justified, but others are just emotional and psychological blackmail.

This is the tactic of an extreme political party in South Africa known as the EFF.  They are a militant and racist black group who for an advert that appears to slur black people totally unintentionally, they will trash every store where those products are sold.  There is no thought of patiently discussing the problem with the originators of the advert, violence, looting and making people afraid is their forte.

This type of lawlessness and anarchy is growing in intensity around the world as the spirit of Antichrist rises to eventually dominate the whole world.  We need to display patience in the midst of this mayhem so people will see Jesus within us.  When they were condemning Him to death, He held His peace.  He said not a word.  He displayed patience because this was God's will to save the world.

Let us prepare for any eventuality, let us be established in patience so that our confidence in God is never shaken.  Having self control under pressure is a great help.  Patiently listening to others and praying with them to bring them relief, helps our patience grow.

Impatience in drivers of vehicles leads to traffic accidents.  Some overtake slower vehicles on dangerous bends, or go through red lights to get to their destination quickly.  They have no thought of any other road users.  Perhaps driving tests should include a pressure situation that potential impatient, road rage, drivers could be observed and drivers licence withheld until proper attitudes are established.  It would save many lives and prevent many injuries.

Our Father, the husbandman or farmer, is waiting patiently for us to change into the likeness of Jesus so that  He can reap the harvest of those who live righteously.  His Son, Jesus Christ, is our example, our model to live by.  Too often we take as a model some famous sports person who may at some stage let us down.  Jesus will never let us down.  He is the perfect model to emulate.

Patience is a great test of character.  It is vital in the upbringing and nurture of children.  Too many children suffer physical and or verbal abuse from an impatient parent.  It affects them negatively throughout their lives until a patient servant of God can minister healing of the bruises on their spirit.

Luke 4 v 18: "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,"

As I said patience is a fruit of the Holy Spirit.  When we are filled with the Holy Spirit we will grow and show those fruit more and more abundantly.  Then we may be blessed in being able to influence others to be patient, loving, peaceful, kind and faithful people.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we want to remain as precious souls in Your sight.  Please help us enhance the fruits of the Holy Spirit in us.  We know that trials will bring us to patience and we pray You would use every opportunity to change us into the likeness of Jesus.  In Jesus' name.  Amen.