Question posed by Beth Moore this morning –
“How often do the failures, emotions, or outright sins of someone else ruin your peace of mind?”
Ouch…spot on Mrs. Moore…especially of late.
Makrothumia – Patience driven by mercy – because God has mercy on us, He shows us incredible patience.
Timothy Keller writes,
Makrothumia = patience, an ability to face trouble without blowing up or hitting out. Its opposite is resentment toward God and to others and its counterfeits are cynicism or lack of care: “This is too small to care about” (Emphasis added)
Ouch…spot on Mr. Keller…especially of late.
We have patience because we have hope. But hope in what? If you are a Christian, we have hope in eternal life. Furthermore, we have hope because God is in control (Romans 8:28-29)
But what does this have to do with patience? Character over comfort…sigh.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
Couple things come to mind as I reflect on my current state of mind and attitude…
Lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely – I must be willing to be refined in order to reflect God’s glory. I must be willing to continue growing and letting God into the darkest parts of my being. Seriously, most days my biggest trial is myself…my habits, my selfishness, my sin, and must I go on?
Run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus – the founder and perfecter of our faith– patience…and trust. There is a currently a situation in my life that absolutely is causing me grief. So much so that it is starting to affect other areas of my life. Why? I’ve gone to God in prayer. I’ve pleaded for clarity and wisdom. I’ve sought Him for protection and peace. And while this is an ongoing issue, my only guess at this time is the process of seeking out God desperately is growing my faith. That, and the fact that I absolutely believe he is all over it and there is something or somethings that I need to learn, grow stronger in or otherwise be refined. Hope gives me patience or at the very least is attempting to.
Where does this leave us this evening? Where do I get supernatural patience? Like every other quality of the Holy Spirit, I must remain in Him and Him in me to become and remain fruitful.
- Hope gives me patience
- Patience gives me character
- Character shows the reflection of God in my life
- My life reflecting God gives God Glory
Shalom – DM