Speaker: Don Guthrie
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A HUGE word in Scripture. PATIENCE.
God is patient. Orderly, step-by-step creation of the world. He requires it of His people.
2 words in the New Testament (James uses both).
Macro (long) thumia (emotion, passion, suffering)--longsuffering. PAIN-PATIENT
"Wonderful Counselor" (Isaiah 9:6). Counseling takes time.
An inadequate theology of self-discipline. Strengthen your hearts! v. 8.
"He learned obedience from the things He suffered"
(Hebrews 5:8). "The only way out is through" (Robert Frost).
Hupo (under) meno (to remain)--endurance. PRESSURE-PATIENT
Farmer v. 7
Prophets v. 10
Job v. 11
PEOPLE-PATIENT v. 9 Don't complain against one another.
PROMISE-PATIENT v. 12 Let your yes be yes.
PRAYER-PATIENT v. 16 "The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much."
PRODIGAL-PATIENT v. 19 If anyone among you strays from the truth. . .he who turns a sinner back . . .will save his soul from death.
WHY? Because the Lord is coming! v. 7, v. 8, v. 9. Don't quit! We are almost home.
The Stock Market is built on patience.
The Church is built on patience.
"For the joy set before Him (he) endured (hupo meno) the cross" (Hebrews 12:2).
"Keep me true, Lord Jesus, keep me true.
Keep me true, Lord Jesus, keep me true.
There's a race that must be run, there's a victory to be won,
Every hour, by Thy power, keep me true"