Perfect Patience

Is it really possibly to have perfect patience?  Let’s look at a few examples in our attempt to answer this question.  Consider the mother who has little ones at home.  They are so sweet, but suddenly the old nature kicks in and they become a handful.  If you watch closely enough, mom will sometimes lose her patience.  Consider the father who is trying to guide his teenage boys in the right direction.  If you watch closely enough, Dad will sometimes lose his patience.  Consider the pastor who loves the Lord, his flock, and the lost around him.  If you watch him closely enough, there will be moments when he looses his patience.

After our investigation, it is clear to see that no one is perfect and because of this no one has the ability, on their own, to have perfect patience.  Now let’s look away from ourselves and look to Christ.  The Psalmist writes, “But you, O Lord, are enthroned forever…” 102:11.  In a world where people fail we find a God who is faithful.

This morning as I read the book of I Timothy I was reminded of the Perfect Patience of God.  Here is Paul’s declaration, “But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life,” 1:16.

This verse just leaped off the page as I considered God’s love for me and God’s love for humanity.  I thought about how long Paul had persecuted the church and God had patience. I thought about how Paul stood against Christ and God had patience.  I thought about how Paul was not perfect even after coming to Christ and God still had patience.

Then I thought about my life of failure in so many ways, especially with patience.  But My God has been perfect in His patience in my life.  Question, “Has He evidenced perfect patience in your life as well?”  Certainly so!!!

As I tried to understand this perfect patience, I was reminded of what Paul wrote a few verses earlier, “And the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus,” 1:14. As our Perfect God looks down on His not so perfect people, He extends grace throughout our lives.

This grace does not give us a license to live a sinful life.  This grace extends salvation as well as extends the power to live a sanctified life.

This morning, I am greatly encouraged to do no less than three things:  1) Praise Him for His grace that is perfectly patient with me.  2) Purse a life of holiness that honors the grace given to me.  3) Extend grace to others in whom I need to have patience with.

I think that maybe these are things we all need to do today and everyday.  Have patience my brothers and sisters!!!!

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