Patience – Love Suffers Long
I was listening to a sermon by Pastor Bill Johnson from Redding, CA. and wanted to share a few things that I jotted down.
1Cor. 13:4 says, “Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up.”
A lot of the time we apply this scripture to us but it actually applies to God.
Long suffering teaches us to focus on God and not our behaviors.
Patience becomes a necessary quality of service to God. It is also expected that we exercise that same quality of patience towards others that God demonstrates towards us.
Patience means to leave things up to God, expressing full confidence in Him. It is an act of worship!
We are not in control. God is. My world is not up to me.. therefore I give up my life to God! Patience says, “I turn it over to God and wait, just like He waited for me.”
Impatience is the fight to be in control. Trying to fix what we don’t have the ability to fix.
Anxiety and worry is me trying to take the control God has and contending with who’s in charge.
To wait entails confident expectations and active hope in the Lord – never passive resignation
God says, “Let go, I waited for you and now you wait for Me.”
Will you wait?