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Lessons In Patience

"Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord's coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains" (Jas.5:7).

As we near the end of the epistle of James, themes converge around a group of words such as patience, endurance, suffering and prayer... It is patience that we will zero in on this morning. James paints with a broad brushstroke here, colored at every turn by reflections on the end of time as we know it. It is about the time when Jesus returns, and James is calling for patience because the end draws near.... This is wonderfully applicable to us today, as we await the Lord's return too. For them, any persecution would be tolerable because it would be of a short duration. Sound familiar? Confession and prayer are added to the mix because they are a Christian's consolation while he or she awaits Jesus' reappearance.... Neither James, Jesus or any of the other NT writers allowed the frustration or fear that comes from hardship to overshadow their hope. I find it interesting that James did not try to titillate his readers with a need to speculate on signs that would warn the Christian community about His imminent return. In his Spirit inspired wisdom, he told Christians that they should live in a state of perpetual preparedness. Here is our first lesson on patience... As it is elsewhere in the NT, reflection on the Lord's return serves moral living. The way to be prepared for Jesus' return involves the living of Christ-like lives. God expects this of us.... Nothing more ---- Nothing less.... Perhaps this is the most important of all lessons involving Jesus' return. We are to continue to mature in the Lord each day of our physical lives, knowing that this pleases God. More tomorrow, with some examples, about this virtue of patience....

Have a great day.... Make your little part of the world better... Love mark Phil.4:11

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