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"You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord's coming is near. Don't grumble against each other, brothers. or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door. Brothers, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord" (Jas.5:8-10).

James, throughout his epistle, placed two rather broad ideas before his readers. One was to face and endure hard times with patience. Trials in life were to be expected, and he does not want folks to hate their tormentors, but rather leave vengeance up to the Lord. Secondly, James wanted Christian congregations to draw closer to each other in goodness, kindness, love and respect for one another. The powerful inference is that they will be able to strengthen one another to endure whatever comes their way. He said this; "If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, 'Love your neighbor as yourself,' you are doing right" (2;8). As a corollary to the royal law they were not to show partiality, but rather they were to speak well of one another and to confess their sins and pray for one another. This sounds like a wonderful recipe for patience in 2017 too... To further his agenda about patience, James said; "you have heard of Job's perseverance and have seen what the Lord brought about" (Vs.11). He also evokes the suffering faced by many of the prophets who were trying to speak the words of the Lord to the people... There is a world of difference between speculating on exactly when the Lord will return and living in a constant state of preparedness. Instead of carrying placards that say "THE LORD IS COMING SOON," Christians must prepare for the time with patient and holy lives. Here's my final take on this... We are to speak the truth, grow in faith, labor at our jobs, treat others fairly, provide for our families and live and serve in the community of God's people... That will take a heaping dose of patience...

Have a wonderful day.... Let His light shine through you..... Love mark Phil.4:11

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