Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
- Romans 5:1-5
“God is often more patient with us than we are with ourselves. We assume that if we fall, we are not born again. If we stumble, we are not truly converted. If we have the old desires, then we must not be a new creation.
“If you are anxious about this, please remember, ‘God began doing a good work in you, and I am sure he will continue it until he is finished when Jesus comes again’ (Phil. 1:6).”
- Max Lucado, A Gentle Thunder
Okay, for those who know me, I can hear them laughing already. Mark? The Hat Rack! Writing about patience?! Patience?!?!? This post needs a laugh track.
Of all the spiritual fruits, patience is the one that I seem to be short on. The old joke applies. “God, give me patience, and I want it NOW!”
My wife, who has a little more patience than me – not much, but a little, says that each time she grumbles in frustration over a lack of patience she is reminded that she never had her “come-to-Jesus” moment until she was 49 years old. She was just this loving, caring person with a servant’s heart. Yet, she still needed Jesus in her heart. And God was patient with her, awaiting that ‘moment.’
That makes me think of my acceptance of Jesus. I prayed the salvation prayer over 500 times, probably over a thousand. After all, I wasn’t counting. God listened each of those times, waiting for my heart to be in the right condition. He had a lot of patience with me too.
Note: I have been having problems with the block editor of WordPress, maybe I have a computer infected with malware – you should have no problem reading this – the posts aren’t contagious. But this one part of WP seems to be the only thing that refuses to load properly. When I click on the first block beneath the title block, it freezes. After a while, I will either get a blinking cursor or a note saying the site is not responding, leaving me to start over. When I get the blinking cursor, I only have a few seconds to paste what I have cut from MS Word. If I’m not quick, it freezes again. It sometimes takes a half hour to simply paste the next post. Today, it seemed to ignore the paste. In frustration, and a total lack of patience, I pasted a second time. Both pastes then loaded, one mixed into the middle of the other. Would they not paste one after the other, easy to just delete blocks? No! It never seems to be easy. I think I got everything straight, but this illustrates how I need to learn more patience.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.