Thought and Prayer for Sunday, March 8, 2015
Sunday, March 08, 2015
March 8, 2015 PATIENCE IS AN ACT
There is a saying about how we are more apt to learn when we take action than when we just hear or see someone else take that action. What that means is we can read about things and hear others teach us, but until we action do it we may never learn how or become good at it. With patience, we can read about it in God’s word. We can hear it and see it in others. However, until we actually turn from our sin of being impatient and begin to practice patience, we will never truly learn it and become good at it.
Colossians 3:12 “Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” (NLT)
Dear Lord, we want to cloth ourselves in patience. We want to be aware of being patient in all we do. Help us to remember today how patience can change lives. We know we are to be patient. We understand the benefits of patience. We see others who act patiently. Remind us today to practice patience and be the holy people You have called us to be. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Since we are followers of God, we must practice patience.
Being patient requires we think less about our needs and focus on the needs of others.
When we put ourselves in the other person’s shoes, it could be easier to practice patience.
The more we focus on us, the less patient we are with others.
When we want to practice patience, we need to get rid of all negativity in our minds and toward others.
Ephesians 4:31 “Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior.” (NLT)
Focus: Patience is a choice to make each and every time someone or something rubs us the wrong way.