THURSDAY 23RD NOVEMBER, 2017 READ – DAY: 2 Peter 2-3; Night: Ezk 10-12
THEME: GIVE ROOM FOR PATIENCE
TEXT: JAMES 1:2 – 4
HYMN: EMHB (Suppl.) 88 – More holiness give me, more striving within.
There was a story of two Sunday school teachers. The Church observed that in the class of one there was remarkable spiritual growth in the lives of the children which they exhibit at home. In the class of the other the story was the opposite. The Church Council examined the life of each of the teachers, and discovered that teacher A accommodated the children’s idiosyncrasies with a lot of patience while teacher B lacked the virtue.
The popular belief in some circles of Christian denominations is that when someone gives his/her life to Christ, the person is free from trials and tribulations, but this is a false teaching. Jesus did not promise Christians free trial, but He assured us that just as He overcome all forms of trials we will also overcome (John 16:33). In all forms of trials what God expects you to do is to exercise patience. Patience is a fruit of the Holy Spirit and an attribute of God. When the Bible says God is slow to anger and is longsuffering, it is referring to the patient character of God (Ex. 34:6; Num. 14:18). James emphasises the fact that when Christians pass through some trials of faith, there is need to give room for patience because the trial is but for a moment. God does not use trials to destroy our faith but to strengthen it.
Patience avoids transfer of aggression, and strife. It promotes wise ordering of human affairs, especially where provocation is involved. A Christian who lacks patience cannot have good human relationship nor build a good home, nor win souls into the Kingdom of Christ. He who endures to the end by giving room for patience will gain his /her soul (Luke 21:19; Rev. 3:10).
MEMORY VERSE: James 1:4 “And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
PRAYER: Blessed Lord, endow me with patience, meekness and gentleness so as to be like You in all things and reign with You in Paradise in Jesus’ name. Amen.