How’s Your Patience Barometer?

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer
Romans 12:12
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
Colossians 3:12
And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone.
1 Thessalonians 5:14

I’m considering patience today. Not mine of course…but yours. Just kidding. Seriously, as I drove by a sign which read ” Be as patient with others, as God has been with you.”, I contemplated this thought. I thought about how patient God has been, and continues to be with me. Have you considered God’s patience with you as you weary in dealing with the sin and shortcomings of another? Yes, God has been patient with me when I ‘ve been quick to speak, quick to anger and slow to listen. He has forgiven the sin that entangles me again, and again, despite my heart’s desire and good intentions. My grandmother had a saying about those, ya know. She used to say, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions”. BUT,  that road to hell has been occluded by the one who stands at the crossroads – by His blood, arms wide open.

Patience.
Crossroads.
Blood.
Have you considered His patience today?
Do you need to remember it?
I do.
Are your arms and heart wide open enough to embrace, despite the
fact you have forgiven 70 x 70 times before?
Despite the fact you are sick of it?
Despite the fact it is breaking your heart?
Despite the fact that you ARE weary?
Will you turn your back OR will you consider how patient your Jesus,
 has been with you?
Lord, you are patient with me and I confess, I am so impatient with such small things
that in a BLINK will be insignificant. Burned up.
Remind me of your patience with me, Lord so that grace may be abundantly evident in me.
That I may reflect it, as I should, regularly, generously & daily,  in my life.
Thank you Lord, that you never turn your back on me.  
In Jesus Name, Amen.
But do not forget this one thing, dear friends:
With the Lord a day is like a thousand years,
and a thousand years are like a day.
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise,
as some understand slowness.
Instead he is patient with you,
not wanting anyone to perish,
but everyone to come to repentance.
2 Peter 3:8-9

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