I should be patient, even as Jesus is patient. Naturally, in and of myself, I am not. God’s kindness is leading me to change my mind about the power of the Holy Spirit in my life. Now that is some good news.
What do I know about any of this?
Hmm … James urges me to be patient and not to complain as I wait for Him to return. James holds up the prophets as models of patience.
The Old Testament prophets ceaselessly spoke God’s Word to unheeding and abusive audiences. Jeremiah was thrown into a cistern, Elijah was so worn out from his fight with Jezebel that he wanted to die, and Daniel was thrown into the lion’s den — by a king who was his friend. While God delayed judgment, Noah prophesied of the coming destruction, and in 120 years did not have a single convert.
Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to change your mind (aka repentance)? | Romans 2:4
Who is my model for patience? God is patient, and His Spirit produces the fruit of patience in me. When I am patient, I leave room for God to work in my heart and in my relationships.
I lay down my schedule and trust in God’s. I thank the Master for what and whom He’s brought into my life. I must let God be God. Jesus is my Master. I am His slave.
A patient person is slow to anger as he waits for God to provide comfort and punish wrongdoing. Since it is a fruit of the Spirit, I can only possess patience through the power and work of the Holy Spirit in my life.
As the Spirit produces patience in me, He is making me more like Jesus. Second Thessalonians 3:5 speaks of the “patience of the Messiah”. The Messiah is even now patiently awaiting the completion of the Father’s plan: after Jesus “had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God. Since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool” (Hebrews 10:12-13).
I should be patient, even as He is patient.