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Wisdom for Living

Patience in Relationships

December 13-14, 2014
  1. Introduction
  2. When Should I Be Patient?
    1. When circumstances are beyond our control
      1. James 5:7 (NAS) Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains.
      2. “Worry doesn’t rob tomorrow of its sorrows, it robs today of its strengths.” (Corrie Ten Boom)
    2. When people won’t change
      1. James 5:10 (NAS) As an example, brethren, of suffering and patience, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.
      2. “Patience” (“macrothumeo”) - - “long endurance”
    3. When problems are beyond explanation
      1. James 5:11 (NAS) We count those blessed who endured. You have heard of the endurance of Job and have seen the outcome of the Lord’s dealings, that the Lord is full of compassion and is merciful.
  3. Why Be Patient?
    1. Because God is in control
      1. James 5:8 (NAS) You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near.
    2. Because God rewards patience
      1. James 5:11a (NAS) We count those blessed who endured.
      2. Matthew 5:11-12 (NAS) 11“Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.12Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
    3. Because God is always working
      1. James 5:11b (NAS) You have heard of the endurance of Job and have seen the outcome of the Lord’s dealings, that the Lord is full of compassion and is merciful.
      2. A delay from God does not necessarily mean a denial!
      3. Romans 8:28 (NAS) And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
  4. How Do I “Wait on God?”
    1. Wait expectantly
      1. James 5:7 (NAS) Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains.
      2. Psalm 130:5 (NAS) I wait for the LORD, my soul does wait, and in His word do I hope.
    2. Wait quietly
      1. James 5:9a (NAS) Do not complain, brethren, against one another, so that you yourselves may not be judged.
    3. Wait confidently
      1. Micah 7:7 (NAS) But as for me, I will watch expectantly for the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me.
      2. Psalm 37:7a (NAS) Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for Him.
      3. God is in control!
      4. Make Jesus Christ the Lord of your life.
  5. Conclusion