Sermon Notes:Patience and The Christian
THE FOLLOWING ARE PASTOR CRUTCHFIELD’S NOTES FROM THIS MORNING’S SERVICE AT COMPASSION CHURCH OF KATY.
We have all heard the old saying that patience is a virtue, but what is it that makes patience so important to our lives as Christians ? One of the things scripture tells us about patience is that it is proof of love. We see this in the words of
“Love is patient, love is kind, it isn’t jealous, it doesn’t brag, it isn’t arrogant, it isn’t rude, it doesn’t seek its own advantage, it isn’t irritable, it doesn’t keep a record of complaints.”
Notice that patience is listed first among the qualities of love. Love is God’s greatest commandment, and is essential to our Christian walk. So one of the reasons patience is important to our lives as Christians is it serves as outward proof of our love. We show our love for our spouses when we are patient with them. We show our love for our friends, or our children when we are patient with them. When we are patient with God we not only show our love for him, but we demonstrate our confidence in his perfect timing.
Interestingly the same is true about the fruits of the spirit. The same acts of patience which serve as an outward sign of our love, also serve as outward proof of the Holy Spirit’s action within us. Patience is one of the primary qualities that mark us as true believers. We see this in,
“ But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”
Paul wrote these words to the Christians in Galilee. His purpose was to educate them not only on the signs they would see in themselves as they matured as Christians, but what signs to look for in others to be able to recognize others who were mature and sincere in their faith. Notice how so many of the qualities listed rely on each other. Patience as we have discussed is an outward sign of love. Love and patience are both on the list. Patience will cause you to be seen as kinder and gentler. Kindness, gentleness, and patience are all on the list. Patience will lead to more joy and peace in your life. Joy, Peace, and patience are all on the list !
No where does scripture tell us that patience will be easy. It is in fact one of those things that most people find to be very hard. Ponder the words of Peter Marshal. Marshal a mid-twentieth century pastor who was twice appointed Chaplain of the United States Senate,
“ Teach us O Lord the disciplines of patience. For to wait is often harder than to work.”
I find it interesting that Chaplain marshal compares being patient with physical labor. Yes it can be that hard ! Fortunately we as Christians are not called to what is easy. We are in fact called to set ourselves apart from the rest of the world because be do not shy away from the difficult.
Patience is so not the way of our modern world. We live in a world of immediate gratification. I want it now, is our modern society’s battle cry. So the Christian who masters the “disciplines of patience,” truly sets themselves out as someone different and special !
So patience is important because it is an outward sign of our love for God, and those we care about. It is also important because it is an outward sign to ourselves and those around us, that the Holy Spirit is at work within us. Patience is one of the key qualities that make us as Christians special, and is a large part of why this world needs us.
- Ann Albers ~ The Nature Of Patience (shiftfrequency.com)
- Unity (revkatiealexander.com)
- How the fruit of the Spirit grows (samisaacson.wordpress.com)
- But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. (angleofthelord.me)