Love is Patient

Summary

This Sunday we will be looking at the virtue of patience as a follow up on the love theme from 1 Corinthians 13 that we looked at in last Sunday's sermon.  Patience is part of God's nature and if we walk closely with Him, trusting Him in all circumstances, patience in our behavior is one way that will show this.

When the Bible talks about patience it usually refers to 1. a patient disposition towards other people, 2. patience in waiting for God's purposes to be fulfilled, or 3. patient endurance in difficult circumstances in life.

Read

Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold the Judge is standing at the door. As an example of suffering and patience, brothers, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. Behold, we consider those blessed who remain steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.
— James 5:7-12

Think it Through

When you think of where you are at in life right now, in what area do you see you the need for the Lord's help in becoming more patient?

Discuss

What are some of the roots of impatience? How do they manifest? What remedies can you come up with to deal with these symptoms of impatience?

Small group study (PDF)