Do Jesus’ disciples have His patience in relation to people?
God is patient with sinners. Jesus perfectly models that for me. Jesus is my example. Jesus shows me the way. I can’t do it on my own.
Romans 2:4 says that God’s patience leads to our repentance. Romans 9:22 points out that only God’s patience prevents Him from destroying “the objects of his wrath.” Paul glorifies the Master for His “unlimited patience” that saved him, “the worst of sinners” (1 Timothy 1:16).
Jesus the Messiah supremely displays God’s patient character in his work of salvation. The patience of Jesus the Messiah is seen in his relationships with people and in his perseverance through trial and suffering to death.
As we go about our daily work, we need the patience of Jesus. Perhaps we have encountered a upset customer. Jesus is there to show us patience and compassion.
As a disciple of the Messiah I am called to demonstrate patience in all my relationships and circumstances. Jesus has shown me His mercy. I must show patience to all I have a relationship with as well. Work can be a challenge most days.
Jesus the Messiah’s life was lived under the shadow of the cross. He was concerned that people should understand his ministry and so he exercised great patience, being directed by the Father in the priorities and timing of his work. We need to understand God’s timing and be patient.
Jesus teaches us the Way. We are His disciples (learners)
So Jesus said to them, “My time is not yet here, but your time is always opportune.” | John 7:6 (NASB)
Jesus knew why God had sent him into the world. Jesus was going to complete every task that God had given Him to accomplish. There was an hour where that became real. Jesus is very patient.
God is patient with us when we miss His goal (aka sin). Jesus perfectly models that for us. Jesus is our example. Jesus shows us the way. We can’t do it on our own.
Romans 2:4 says that God’s patience leads to my changing my mind (aka repentance). Romans 9:22 points out that only God’s patience prevents Him from destroying “the objects of his wrath.” Paul glorifies the Lord for His “unlimited patience” that saved him, “the worst of sinners” (1 Timothy 1:16).
We should be patient, even as Jesus is patient. Naturally, in and of myself, I am not. God’s kindness is leading us to change our mind about the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Now that is some good news.
What do I know about any of this?
Hmm … James urges us to be patient and not to complain as we wait for Jesus to return. James holds up the prophets as models of patience.
The godless have abandoned God. They have rejected God. We see it everywhere. It seems to be our daily news. We can’t escape knowing about it. It is deeply troubling. I am not thinking about evil which is another story. I am thinking about choices to reject God.
So where does this leave the rejectors in their standing with God? Tough question. What is God’s response to those who reject Him and His Son Jesus? What do you do with people who choose to live in a pigpen, smeared with filth, filthy inside and out?
Jesus is clear that we will be more than happy (aka blessed) if we are meek and gentle. We will in fact inherit the earth according to the “Jesus Manifesto” (Matthew 5 -7; aka the Sermon on the Mount). I think my arrogance is an issue Jesus wants me to deal with. More humility would go a long way in my life.
According to our dictionary, to be meek means you are “showing patience and humility, gentleness … easily imposed upon, submissive”. The meek one doesn’t throw fits or fly off the handle under pressure. A good synonym is “gentle”. A meek person is under control.
Sometimes we think of God as we think of ourselves. Big mistake. That kind of thinking leads us to dead end.
God is God but His emotions aren’t like ours are. He is more powerful than we can imagine. God can do anything He wants to. His power, however, is a VERY patient power.
If we think because God is patient, we can “get away with things”, we better think again. Jesus calls on us to radically change our way of thinking and act differently. It is known as repentance.
God’s patience is shown to us so we will change our minds about missing His goal for our lives and so that we will accept Jesus as the answer.
Jesus is clearly the WAY to God. There is no other way to know God and enjoy a life that never ends.
But God doesn’t lose his temper. He’s powerful, but it’s a patient power. Still, no one gets by with anything. ~Nahum
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Who is our model for patience? God is patient, and His Spirit produces the fruit of patience in us. When we are patient, we leave room for God to work in our heart and in our relationships.
We lay down our schedule and trust in God’s. We thank the Master for what and whom He’s brought into our life. We must let God be God. Jesus is our Master. We are His slaves.
Jesus the Messiah’s life was lived under the shadow of the cross. He was concerned that people should understand his ministry and therefore he exercised great patience, being directed by the Father in the priorities and timing of his work.
As a disciple and slave of the Messiah I am called to demonstrate patience in all my relationships and circumstances. Jesus has shown me His mercy. I must show patience to all I have a relationship with as well. I need help with this. There is good news. Jesus has given me his Holy Spirit to guide me.
Here is some great insight from Allie Boman about waiting on the Master Jesus. She is a wife, mom, follower of Jesus and freelance writer in the Chicago area. She served for fifteen years with Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship and studied classical piano in college. She loves to cook ethnic food and explore new places with her family.
You’re waiting at the doctor’s office far longer than you expected (and say to yourself that previous experience would indicate that one should bring a book to this place!) Your eyes wander to a framed painting on the wall, with an eagle soaring over water and mountains. In small script underneath, it reads “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles” (Isaiah 40:31).
You first feel surprised that the doctor may be a Christian — or was it just his decorator? Second, you realize how ironic it is to have a scriptural encouragement to wait patiently at the doctor’s office. Then your thoughts drift to other kinds of waiting.
Perhaps your many visits to the doctor are related to waiting for healing. Maybe you’ve been searching for a job far longer than you expected. A wayward child or a broken family situation may leave you feeling empty-handed and like all you can do is wait. So much of life is outside our control, even when it comes to our deepest needs. These are the times when waiting upon the Lord becomes most relevant.
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It is Holy Saturday. Jesus is in the tomb.
What do we do?
We have remember the passion of our Master Jesus, the Messiah. We remember His suffering to pay the price for our missing God’s goal. And we wait some more. Joy will come from our waiting.
We don’t like to wait. We aren’t patient.
I am called to be faithful and trustworthy. I am challenged by this some days. When I think about it and focus on it, I execute God’s goal. Some days, like a sheep, I wander off.
I am thankful for the good Shepherd who finds me and brings me back home.
The good news is that God is always faithful. That is just the way He is. He has always been patient, waiting for me to come back to Jesus and follow Him.
God is good! God is in a good mood. God will see me through to the end.
Faithfulness is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. [Galatians 5:22 – But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.]
I hate pain. I try to avoid suffering, I hate being poor and I don’t go out of my way to look for affliction. But pain, suffering, poverty and affliction find me. They find all of us.
If you are free of these things, brace yourself and be patient. All you have to do is live long enough. Suffering and affliction are human conditions. And when suffering and affliction come, be patient, remembering that God is God and in a good mood. There is a reason!
Patience is a gift of God in enduring life’s circumstances and sufferings. We know that in this world we will have trouble and suffer. Jesus promised that would be true. Persecution will come our way when we follow Jesus. Again, Jesus promised that.
Our patience finds favor with God even in the middle of suffering. Our patience moves God and Jesus shows us great compassion.
Patience is an attitude of the heart. It is because of the patience of Jesus suffering on my behalf that I have salvation. With the strength of the Holy Spirit, I can endure suffering with patience. I can persevere. I can finish the race. w00t!
The Greek word here is ὑπομένω hupŏmĕnō, hoop-om-en´-o. It means to stay under (behind), i.e. remain; to undergo, i.e. bear (trials), have fortitude, persevere:— abide, endure, (take) patient (-ly), suffer, tarry behind.
1 Peter 2:20–23 (NASB) — For what credit is there if, when you sin and are harshly treated, you endure it with patience? But if when you do what is right and suffer for it you patiently endure it, this finds favor with God. For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps, who committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in His mouth; and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously.
Now this is interesting. I should be joyful when I encounter trials and my faith is tested. Really? Yup!
James 1:2–4 (NASB) — Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
And here is much more!
- Luke 8:15 (NASB) — “But the seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word in an honest and good heart, and hold it fast, and bear fruit with perseverance.“
- Luke 21:19 (NASB) — “By your endurance you will gain your lives.” ~Jesus
- Romans 5:3–4 (NASB) — And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope.
- Romans 8:25 (NASB) — But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.
- Romans 12:12 (NASB) — Rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer.
- Colossians 1:11 (NASB) — Strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously.
- 1 Thessalonians 1:3 (NASB) — Constantly bearing in mind your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus the Messiah in the presence of our God and Father.
- Titus 2:2 (NASB) — Older men are to be temperate, dignified, sensible, sound in faith, in love, in perseverance.
- Hebrews 12:1–3 (NASB) — Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
- James 5:8 (NASB) — You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near.
- 1 Peter 5:8–10 (NASB) — Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world. After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.
- Revelation 1:9 (NASB) — I, John, your brother and fellow partaker in the tribulation and kingdom and perseverance which are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.
- Revelation 13:10 (NASB) — If anyone is destined for captivity, to captivity he goes; if anyone kills with the sword, with the sword he must be killed. Here is the perseverance and the faith of the saints.
- Revelation 14:12 (NASB) — Here is the perseverance of the saints who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus.
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There’s a very important principle we all need to recognize; “If you move from one relationship into another one without dealing with the present-day problems, you will take the same problems with you.” And it’s just adding problem upon problem, because any new relationship inevitably has it own adjustments to make; so it needs no help from the past – except from the lessons learned!
Seven years ago I wrote a letter to a young brother-in-the-Lord. Let’s call him Hiram. Here are some excerpts from that letter:
Dear Hiram, I have a very important word for you! WAIT!!! SLOW DOWN!!! You’re trying to live out tomorrow today. You can’t do that! You’ve got to live today FOR tomorrow. Today is the preparation for tomorrow. You cannot get to tomorrow until you have lived through today. Today is the training ground for tomorrow. Usually, it is a combination of education… (home and family living), experientially learning how to deal with tomorrow’s problems while someone else is in charge), relationships (dating, courtship, friendships, and all that). BE PATIENT, man! You’re only 20! Live your life a day at a time as God gives it to you, and don’t try to move into tomorrow before it comes!
What’s happened to TIME? Where has TIME gone? It seems to have disappeared! We have instant breakfast, instant coffee, instant multiplication, instant re-plays…supersonic jets, hurrying Honda-bikes, instant entertainment, drive-in churches, high-speed toys, and we STILL don’t have time! Rush to classes. Rush to fellowship meetings, racing to be on time for engagements…well, not more than 5 or 10 minutes late.
“The FRUIT of the SPIRIT is PATIENCE.”
But I must act NOW! I don’t have TIME to WAIT for tomorrow! All of a sudden in the last 20 years, we’ve lost our sense of time. “I can’t complete what I am doing, because I’ve got something else to do.”
A few weeks ago I celebrated my twenty-first birthday. One of my closest and dearest friends drove four hours just to spend the day with me. I had the day off, and I received some awesome handmade birthday cards from a few members of my Inn family. All around it was a spectacular day.
The previous Saturday I was on the phone with one of my sisters who told me she was sending a birthday package in the mail for me. Trust me when I say I got excited! Knowing I had a letter coming would have been enough to make me giddy and impatient for it to arrive, but a package…ohh my, I couldn’t wait! Then after many more birthday phone calls from my parents and the rest of my siblings I found out some of them were sending me cards and packages as well! By my excitement you would have thought, “Poor child, she’s never gotten mail before.” (Let’s be honest, apart from advertisements, bills and government notifications mail is pretty fun and exciting!) Since those conversations I faithfully checked my mailbox daily (ok, multiple times a day, but who’s counting?) for cards and packages. I almost wish they hadn’t told me. I get so excited, to the point of impatience. Terrible, I know.