Date: May 17th, 2020
Scripture: 2 Peter 3:13-15a, Romans 2:4, Hebrews 6:11-12, Ecclesiastes 7:8
Time: 9:15 AM

 

How can I grow in patience?
1.  God has a plan and I have to allow Him time to work it out.
2 Peter 3:13-15a [NLT]
“But we are looking forward to the new heavens and new earth he has promised, a world filled with God’s righteousness.  And so, dear friends, while you are waiting for these things to happen, make every effort to be found living peaceful lives that are pure and blameless in his sight.  And remember, our Lord’s patience gives people time to be saved.”
2.  God has a purpose and His patience with me leads me to trust Him.
Romans 2:4 [NLT]
“Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you?  Does this mean nothing to you?  Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?”
Romans 2:4 [CEV]
“You surely don’t think much of God’s wonderful goodness or of his patience and willingness to put up with you.  Don’t you know that the reason God is good to you is because he wants you to turn to him?”
 
3.  God has a prize and I have to do my part to participate in faith.
Hebrews 6:11-12 [NASB]
“And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence so as to realize the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you will not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.”
Ecclesiastes 7:8 [NLT]
“Finishing is better than starting.  Patience is better than pride.”