1 Thessalonians 1:3 KJV — Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;
Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians holds these beautiful words:
“…and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ…”
For the follower of Christ, their reason to be patient is their hope of eternity, bought by the precious blood of our Lord Jesus.
Patience is a consequence of a soul secure in Him.
It is an understanding of who God is and what He has done.
It’s also an opportunity.
Patient obedience to pickup our cross daily and follow Christ is a privilege.
It draws our hearts closer to our LORD and it helps us to be a testimony to others.
And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
Hebrews 6:11-12 NKJV
Our diligence in following Christ is a testimony to those around us.
Thus our patient attitude of hope is a witness to the world.
This Christmas let us give the gift of patience.
James 5:11 NKJV — Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord—that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.
May we be patient and steadfast in shining the truth of Jesus Christ in mercy, gentleness, kindness, compassion, and grace with those God has placed in our lives, loving as He does.
For all times and seasons are in His hands, and:
“The LORD is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.” Psalm 145:17 KJV
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your gift of patience. Thank You that it is through Your salvation we can rest in hope of eternal life. Lord Jesus, only in and through You do we find the ability to be patient, gentle, kind, merciful, compassionate, and loving. Lord, on our own we are simply unable to wait patiently, because it is through Your hope we have peace. Thank You for that. Thank You for Your birth, Your death, and Your Resurrection! Thank You for Your Holy Spirit which teaches and admonishes our hearts. Lord, please help us to be people of patience, peace, and joy. Thank You. Amen.