DAY 25

Saturday - March 28, 2020

 

JOY AND PATIENCE

 

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,  

knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.  

But let patience have its perfect work,

that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

James 1:2-4 (NKJV)

 

We then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak,

and not to please ourselves.  

Let each of us please his neighbor for his good,

leading to edification. 

For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written,

"The reproaches of those who reproached You fell on Me."  

For whatever things were written before were written for our learning,

that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.   Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you

to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus,

 that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father

of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 15:1-6 (NKJV)

 

Whatever you do, don’t pray for more patience.    Trials produce patience.  So if you pray for patience, you can expect everything to go wrong.     We have a great opportunity right now to develop patience.  

 

Hope can produce patience.   When our focus is on the present we can become impatient.  When our focus is on the hope that we have in Christ, we can endure more joyfully the testing of our faith now.

 

It can even help us be more patient with each other.    You probably have had to be patient with me and I with you during these days.

 

Where or when has your faith been tested lately?

 

How is it affecting your patience?

 

Please patiently pray for your leaders.

 

Please patiently pray for our church family to be full of hope and extend the patience we get from the Lord to each other.

 

Please pray for your eyes to be opened to whom or where you can serve and minister today.

 

What is one thing for which you are grateful, today?