Disciple Up # 60
Fruit of the Spirit #4 – Patience
By Louie Marsh, 6-13-2018
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“There is nothing which so certifies the genuineness of a man’s faith as his patience and his patient endurance, his keeping on steadily in spite of everything.” – Martyn Lloyd-Jones
“A blessed spirit is a mould ever more and more patient of the bright metal poured into it, a body ever more completely uncovered to the meridian blaze of the spiritual sun.” -C.S. Lewis
“If I have made any improvement in the sciences, it is owing more to patient attention than to anything beside.” – Isaac Newton
“There is no love of God without patience, and no patience without lowliness and sweetness of spirit.” – John Wesley
“Patience is the companion of wisdom.” – Augustine
1) When I lose my peace then I need PATIENCE
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, …Galatians 5:22 (ESV)
- From two words μακρός, LONG & θυμός, SOUL
Old versions translate it “Longsuffering is that quality of self-restraint in the face of provocation which does not hastily retaliate or promptly punish; it is the opposite of anger,
- I can be patient when I rely on GOD’S MERCY.
6 The LORD passed before him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, Exodus 34:6 (ESV)
20 because they formerly did not obey, when God’s patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water. 1 Peter 3:20 (ESV)
2) This fruit keeps me from QUITTING MY MINISTRY.
- Without patience I will FAIL TO ENDURE to the end.
3 remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 1:3 (ESV)
22 and you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. Matthew 10:22 (ESV)
- Patience is necessity if I am to fulfill my MINISTRY
14 And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. 1 Thessalonians 5:14 (ESV)
The Disciple Up Low Down on the Importance of Patience
3) How should I HANDLE my anger?
25 Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. 26 Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and give no opportunity to the devil. Ephesians 4:25-27 (ESV)
- Speak the truth lovingly without regard to the CONSEQUENCES
15 but speaking truth in love, we may grow up in all things into him, who is the head, even Christ; Ephesians 4:15 (ASV)
Don’t be afraid of people getting angry with you – don’t give into the fear of men.
14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, 1 Peter 3:14 (ESV)
- RECOGNIZE the power of anger.
5 And he looked around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, and said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was restored. Mark 3:5 (ESV)
- UNDERSTAND it’s not always sinful to be angry.
14 In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting there. 15 And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. 16 And he told those who sold the pigeons, “Take these things away; do not make my Father’s house a house of trade.” 17 His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.” John 2:14-17 (ESV)
- Deal with my anger quickly.
17 Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” Romans 12:17-19 (ESV)
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