KEY SCRIPTURE: James 1:4. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
We continue with our discussion on having Bible studies in various forms. Today we look at having a TOPICAL STUDY. This is an aspect of Bible study that considers various biblical topics of interest to you. Once again what you would require a Bible, a Concordance, a bible dictionary, your pen, your note book to put down all that you study. If you have the bible up on your lab top or phone, it would have all these. The Bible dictionary explains patience as follows: steadfastness, constancy, endurance, also it is a characteristic of a man who is not swayed from his deliberate purpose and his loyalty to faith and piety by even the greatest trials and sufferings.
We now consider the role that patience plays in certain verses of scripture, giving us a better understanding of what it is. Matthew 18:23-34. This is a story about a man who owed ten thousand talents and his whole family, that is, his wife, children including himself and all that he had was to be sold to pay the debt. This man pleaded for patience and the Lord forgave him all the debt. He also found a friend who owed him a hundred pence. This man held his throat and threw him into jail, although he pleaded for patience. When this issue got to the master or Lord, He got furious and delivered the wicked man to the tormentors. From this story we learn that to be patient with those who offend us we’ve got to consider how much God has had patience with us. From verse 33 the Lord said, the man could not express patience because he had no compassion. A compassionate heart is very necessary for patience with others.
In Luke 8:15 the Lord talked about those who receive the word and are patient to allow it to grow to fruition. You may ask what part did patience play in this instant? It was patience that helped him not to give up on the seed (the word) in the waiting period when nothing seems to be happening. God’s word at certain times, needs patience to bring results to us.
The next verse on patience is Luke 21:19. “In your patience possess ye your souls”. In the context of this statement the Lord talked about the period of great trials and persecutions that would befall the church. Our souls, that is our mind, emotions and will could easily be shattered in the times of trials. Patience always looks beyond oneself: it considers the mightiness of God, his faithfulness and love. Patience then assures you of a better day so keep calm (Note: Patience is always a product of looking beyond yourself to God, focusing on the faithfulness of God and the fact that He changes not.
O God open my eye to the reality of your mind.
1 Timothy 6:11.” But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
2 Timothy 3:10 ” But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience,”