"Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. ~ John 14:27"

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Patience in Suffering

 
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James 5:7-12

7 Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. 8 You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. 9 Don’t grumble against one another, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door!

10 Brothers and sisters, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 11 As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.

12 Above all, my brothers and sisters, do not swear—not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. All you need to say is a simple “Yes” or “No.” Otherwise you will be condemned.

 

We need to be patient, patient for the Lord.  As a Christian this is not something that is going to be easy.  We get persecuted for what we believe, some places we get thrown in jail, beat and even killed for our beliefs.   We must stand firm!

We need to love one another, stop talking negatively about one another.  Watch our tongues because what we say usually is what is in our hearts.  We shouldn’t be speaking with hate, condemnation, gossiping just to tear some one else down.

We need to stand for the Lord, let others see Him in us!  No matter what the consequences we need to be bringing others to Him and not making others start thinking that if that is what a ‘Christian’ is like then what’s the point?

Just do our best to remember that we shouldn’t have to ‘swear’ about these things.. simply say Yes or No.  That we are followers of Jesus because He has died for our sins and if we believe and have repented for our sins He will give us eternal life!  This is why we follow.  No arguing with others about it, no ‘swearing’ about it.  Just let it be.. Yes or No. 

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