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Led By The Spirit Summer Challenge #6 Patience Part 2


Week 6 Challenge:
This week put your knowledge into action and practice patience with those God has placed in your life. As a group pray for each other specifically that God will give you the patience you need. Maybe you need to be more patient with your husband, children, friend or another family member. If you feel comfortable, share with your group your struggles with extending patience to this individual. Pray for each other and get ready to see God move in all your lives.

As we strive to be more like Christ, we need to start applying what we’re learning. As you read over the following two sections, pray that God will speak to you. Is there anyone in your life that you need to extend patience to? Is there someone in your life you need to be more patient with and not so judgmental? Is there someone you need to forgive? Ask God to help you become more like Him by being patient with those in your life, leaving the judging to God and forgiving those who have caused you pain.

1. Do not judge
It’s happened to all of us. We’ve all felt the pain that it brings, and we’ve all done it in return. We have all judged. We judge people based on how they look, where they live, what church they attend, whether they homeschool their kids or send them to private school or public school, whether they stay home or work outside the home. We all judge each other….we need to stop. There is only one who can judge, and it’s not us. We can not see into another’s heart. We do not know their thoughts, intentions or circumstances. We do not know their past, the pain they have had to endure either from their own decisions or from decisions that were made out of their control. We are all broken.

Rom. 14:13- “Therefore let us stop passing judgement on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother’s way”

This past week, during my quite time, I came across the story of Jesus forgiving the adulterous woman in John chapter 8. I LOVE this story! As this adulterous woman is brought to Jesus, surrounded by men with rocks in their hands ready to stone her to death, they ask Jesus a question.  Can they stone this woman? Jesus responses: “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” The bible states that one by one, the oldest to the youngest, the men began to leave. Finally there were only two left….Jesus and this woman. Jesus turns to look at her and asks His own question this time. “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” Her response, “No one, sir,” Then Jesus responds, “Then neither do I condemn you.” Ohhhh don’t you just LOVE that part! Jesus was the only one who could have thrown the stones, yet He choose to have mercy on her instead. She was guilty, she had sinned against Him….yet He chose mercy. How do you think she responded to His gift of mercy? By Jesus protecting her, was she more or less willing to change her life and follow Him? Paul states in Romans chapter 2:4 that God’s kindness, tolerance and patience leads to people’s repentance. Are you patient with those in your life when they sin? Do you extend mercy or judgement to them?

If He is patient with us and He has no sin, how patient must we be toward others with whom we share the same sin? Judgment strangles patience and grieves the Holy Spirit.

In Romans 2:2, Paul explains that only God’s judgement is based on truth. Only God can see the whole picture. We are flawed, sinful people who do not have the whole truth. God is the only one who can judge because He can see all and knows all.

Next time you think judgmental thoughts towards another, pray for that person instead.

Something to think about-
“We cannot both judge others and be patient toward them. Therefore, if we are going to become vessels of God’s patience toward others, we must also learn to be void of judgement toward others.”- Beth Moore

Note: In this post today I am targeting the mental and verbal judgements we make towards each other. I am not discussing the use of discipline or correction within a home or church.

2. Forgive

Patience is the vessel through which God pours His mercy. Mercy is fueled by forgiveness. – Beth Moore

I’m going to be real honest with you all right now. I’ve really struggled with forgiveness in my past. For years I held the hurt of unforgiveness in my heart. I allowed it to affect other areas of my life and I allowed it to control my thoughts. I thought by not forgiving this individual I was protecting myself. I didn’t realize that I was actually torturing myself in the process. It wasn’t until I wanted to get closer to God, to be the woman He envisioned when He made me that I was finally willing to forgive this individual. I also didn’t want to carry this poison into the next generation and have it affect my daughters. I love them more than the pain I was holding. We need to forgive those in our lives who have hurt us. We can not do it in our own strength, only God can heal our hurt. Only God can make it right.

“For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.” Matthew 6:14

…Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” – Jesus, in Luke 6:37

Lies that we believe
a.  If we forgive that person it makes what they did alright. Forgiving them doesn’t make what they did alright but it does allow God to heal us and it keeps Satan from hurting us more. God wants us to forgive because it’s what’s right for us! We are not healthy and whole with unforgiveness living inside us.

b.  Nothing good can come out of my pain. Jesus has a purpose in all the pain that we suffer otherwise He never would have allowed it. But we have to surrender to Him, forgive that individual, before God can work it out for our good. Here’s a beautiful example that I’d like to share with you concerning this truth.

When I am speaking, the mere mention of my abuse results in a line of women waiting for me when I’m finished. They most often ask why God allowed those things to happen to me knowing that I was going to work for Him. I look down that line of women and respond, “FOR YOU.”- Beth Moore

c. It’s okay to choose not to forgive someone. It’s not okay….it’s an act of disobedience. We are placing our hurt and pain in front of our relationship with God. Our pain is more important than our relationship with our Lord. Satan knows that it’s impossible to be filled with the Holy Spirit and be filled with unforgiveness…….he wants us to continue to harbor that pain so that God can’t heal it. What’s more important to you, your pain or God?

Here’s a song that I found……I love what it says and wanted to share it with you today!

Week 6 Challenge: This week put your knowledge into action and practice patience with those God has placed in your life. As a group pray for each other specifically that God will give you the patience you need. Maybe you need to be more patient with your husband, children, friend or another family member. If you feel comfortable, share with your group your struggles with extending patience to this individual. Pray for each other and get ready to see God move in all your lives.

Please know that I am praying for you all this week as we take our knowledge of patience and put it into action!

Love God Greatly,

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Comments

  1. Thank you for the reminder of John 8! I want to be like Jesus – and you made this passage alive to me. Thank you for your transparency today.

    Much Love,
    Courtney

  2. Oh I so needed this reminder to patience this morning. Thank you!!

  3. I struggle with patience on a daily basis. The "witching time" my patience is tried is in the evening. With God’s promises, I am gaining wisdom and making progress:-). Thanks for the post! Gertha

  4. Thanks Courtney, Stacey and Gertha for commenting today! As you can tell from my lengthy post, I"m really enjoying what I’m learning!!! I promise to have a shorter post next week! I just have so much that I want to share and say, it’s hard to delete! Thanks for hanging in there with me today!!! :)

    Thanks for your patience with me as I learn how to do this better!!! :) Hahahaha!! ;)

    Love,

    Angela

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