This week we are examining James 5:7-12 and seeing the challenge to a life that displays biblical patience. Yesterday we saw the need for patience as we await the Lord’s return. Now the challenge becomes even more stretching…
Patience with Other Believers- (vv.9-10)
Do not complain, brethren, against one another, so that you yourselves may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing right at the door. As an example, brethren, of suffering and patience, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. (vv.9-10)
It is a reality that impatience with God will lead to impatience with His people. James’ exhortation?
It is a challenge to set aside deep-seated bitterness, which is always unacceptable for the child of God. The idea of “grumble” or “complain” is to blame others for your troubles. It is a negative, condemning, critical spirit. Why does he command us to not do this?
How do we relate to the problems of people? James says, “take the prophets” as an example. Heb. 11:37 gives us a hint as to how they were treated:
Yet, God used them in spite of all of that. That is the key—to be used of God you must be able to handle the problems people bring. You cannot serve Christ with a bitter heart towards His people—learn to be patient.
Tomorrow, we will examine a final arena in which we need to have and exhibit patience.
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