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 a bible study, by considering the topic, PATIENCE. From. our previous study we defined patience ” as 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 first look at Romans 5:3,4 “Tribulation works patience….”. We learnt in our previous discussion that patience is very necessary even for the word of God to produce results in our lives. It takes tribulation, trials, challenges to produce patience in us. Patience gives us experience and experience results in hope. Great Christians with stable hearts that conquers are people of experience. Experience is always a product of patience. Note, you can’t be patient with simply making demands or praying to be patient, we allow the situations we go through to perfect patience in us.
Romans 8:25 reads “But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with, patience wait for it. “Patience always looks beyond you and beholds the faithfulness of God. It is this foresight that makes the heart assured to wait without any agitation.
Romans 15:4 “for whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning that we through patience and the comfort of the scriptures might have hope” from this verse we realized patience is built up in a Christian who has taken time to learn the word of God. Right information develops proper Christian character. The scriptures also comfort us. All these culminates in having hope. Be a learner of the scriptures.
Romans 15:5 describes God as a God of patience and consolation. It is His nature to bear long with his people. Although he is almighty, he never moves on impulse, that would have been the destruction of all men. He sees a victorious end from the beginning and so He is able to wait. Lesson, never act on impulse, or out of how you feel about a person that seems to make you satisfied. But act on the principle of what God expects from you concerning the individual you are dealing with.
2nd Corinthians 6:4 “But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God in much patience, in affliction in, necessities, in distresses”. The earlier verse says “and giving no offence in anything that the ministry be not blamed”. As servants of God, of which every child of God is, we must not allow anyone to reproach God’s work because of the way we behave. Patience is one ingredient to prevent the name of our God from being drawn into the mud. Patience to stand and overcome, distress, afflictions, insults mistreatments, lacks and all kinds of conditions that have the potential to affect God’s work is what we have to employ.
We realized that as we go through various scriptures that talk on the topic of study, we come to the understanding of the topic.
O, God may your word and the events of life build in us patience to keep winning.
Colossians 1:11 ” Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;”
2 Thessalonians 1:4 ” So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure”: