Week 4, Wednesday, James 5:7-12

“James”

by, Pastor Sunil Balasundaram
 

Scripture

Go to James 5:7-12

(Please read the passage before, or after, reading the devotion.)

 

Patience is one fruit of the Spirit that needs to be nurtured. It doesn’t happen overnight. This, too, is faith in action. James helps us understand it in two ways: one negatively and the other positively. The lack of patience shows up rather obviously in what we say, and how we say it. Grumbling and swearing come from an impatient spirit that is far from deliberate, is impulsive, and often judgmental. The result is that we end up falling under the judgement of God because of it. Positively, patience sees the second coming of Jesus as a reality. And an integral part of preparing for His coming is “watching and (constructively) waiting” (Luke 19:11-27). This waiting can include suffering, but the result is endurance, and a growth in compassion and mercy – just like Jesus!

 

Prayer

I want to be like You, Lord Jesus. As I wait for You to return and “make all things new,” teach me that an integral part of that waiting is growing that fruit of the Spirit of patience in me. Just as You never let anyone “get under Your skin” and never grumbled about anyone, fill me with Your love so that I too will be patient, and therefore gentle with those in need. May my waiting for Your return be a season of growing in endurance, compassion and mercy. Amen.
 

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