Mid Week Meditation pt. 27Submitted on: September 22, 2017
Based on Bible text: James1:4 KJV
“But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”
Patience is one of the greatest virtues in a Christian’s character. We must learn to work, watch and wait as it is part of God’s plan for us. Every Child of God is challenged to learn the art of self-control in difficult situations. It is imperative that we exercise self-control when times get tough if we are going to rise to the highest level of faith. We will find that God speaks to us and through us when we are cool, calm and collected. In our fits of anger, expressions of impatience, and outburst of frustration we only demonstrate that we have not yet learned how to let go and let God!
Emotions are a natural by-product of the mind and as seasoned Christians we are to bring our minds under subjection to the Spirit. We are charged to learn how to operate from a higher plain particularly being patient in persecution.
Certainly we find our patience being challenged on many fronts. The most difficult challenge comes in times of persecution. No one likes to be persecuted. We seem to be trained to naturally meet persecution with resistance. We react much like a fighter when attacked. When provoked we put up “our dukes” to cover our face and we prepare to fight back.
The Word of God cautions that we who are in the spirit should have a different response. Romans 5:3 says, “we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience.” In other words, the more we are attacked, the more patient we should become.
Jesus, our premier example, demonstrated the ultimate patience in persecution. He was falsely accused, rebuffed, and crucified. Yet Jesus patiently prayed, “Father, forgive them” (Luke 23:34) His example of patience is proof that if we operate “in the spirit”, we too can learn to forgive those who persecute us.
Admittedly, there are times in our lives when we don’t know what to do or which way to turn. These are the times when the Lord says we should put our trust in Him. The Psalmist proclaimed that he “waited patiently for the Lord, and he inclined unto me and heard my cry.” (40:1). We live in a time that we seek instant response to everything. But the Psalmist reminds us that great rewards come when we pray and wait for the Lord’s response. The Word of God tells us that in order for our patience to be developed, it must first be tested. It is a fact we might not enjoy the test from the flesh perspective, but from the spiritual perspective, we should see it as an opportunity to grow more like Christ.
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