PATIENCE
PART III

"Remembering without ceasing your work of faith and labor of love, and the patience of hope of our Lord Jesus Christ before our God and Father.... That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through and patience inherit the promises." 1Thess 1:3, Heb 6:12

PATIENCE IS A WORK THAT IS BORNE OUT OF HEART FULL OF LOVE. I Corinthians 13:4 says, "Love has patience, and is kind.... " It is in our patience that we possess our souls. And It is by our patience that we are able to enjoy our souls - Luke 21:19. What an awesome thought. In 2Peter we are commanded, to give all diligence to provide with our faith, patience. "But also [for] this very [reason], having applied all diligence, provide with your faith patience...."

What does it mean when it says, with all diligence provide with your faith, patience? It means that no effort should be overlooked or spared when it comes to putting our faith to work. We must therefore exercise our full co-operation with the God of all Patience. The word "add" means, to furnish, to fully supply. Figuratively it means to aid, contribute, minister or nourish. This word add also comes from the compound of a Greek word which means to be a dance leader.

Yes you read that right. Now when you put the word "add" together with the meaning of the word "patience, which means, cheerful (or hopeful) endurance constancy which is unflinching, we begin to see that the enjoyment of the details of life even in the midst of trials, iS INDEED possible.

Many times in the Scriptures you will find the word faith and patience together in the same passage. (1Th 1:3, 2Th 1:4, 1Tim 6:11, 2Tim 3:10, Titus 2:2, Heb 6:12, James 1:3) - Of this Barnes writes, "We are to "let faith lead on as at the head of the choir or the graces, and let all the others follow in their order." We ought to give all diligence that we may make good use of these advantages, and secure as high attainments as we possibly can. We should add one virtue to another, that we may reach the highest possible elevation in holiness."

I'm so glad we don't have to accomplish this in our own strength. 1Peter 1:3 declares, "Seeing that His divine power hath granted unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that called us by his own glory and virtue."

PAUL'S FINAL INSTRUCTIONS TO TIMOTHY WAS TO PURSUE PATIENCE - I Timothy 6:11 we read, "But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, and meekness. " The word pursue means to follow after. What Paul was saying to Timothy was, for the honour and sake of the Gospel and what is becoming of godliness "make these things the grand object of your pursuit". The word "pursue" means to; follow after, or given to. It implies a pressing toward. It comes from the Greek which means to be an attendant, that is, generally a waiter.

THE SCRIPTURES TEACH US THAT PATIENCE HAS IT'S OWN REWARD. "Because whom He foreknew, He also predestinated to be conformed to the image of His Son......My brothers count it all joy when you fall into various trials...knowing that the proving of your faith works patience....let patience have its perfective work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. I press on after a mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." Romans 8:29, James 1:3,4, Phi 3:14

This is why we can glory in tribulation, knowing that even this is being used by the LORD to purify and refine us. Therefore patient endurance in the midst of these things can only end in good to the one who is being exercised by it. The end reward of patience is, "being complete, Lacking nothing." Isn't it ironic that are those who all their life-time seek life on their own terms only to come up empty-handed and deluded. Yet there are those who through the patient attending to their souls end up with glory, honour, and immortality. Rom 2:7 says this very thing: "To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life."

James 1:4 REMINDS AND EXHORTS US - LET PATIENCE HAVE HER PERFECT WORK. Meaning? There is a patience which is acceptable and honorable before God and there is a patience that is not. In 1Peter 2:20 we are admonished, "For what credit [is it] if sinning and being beaten with fists [fig., being harshly treated], you will endure [it]? But if doing good and suffering [for it], you* will endure [it]; this [finds] favor with [or, is admirable before] God. {LITV}.

APPLICATION:
LET US FOLLOW AFTER THE KIND OF PATIENCE
THAT WILL BE COMMENDABLE BEFORE THE LORD.

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