Welcome to the daily devotional we have. This is a learning process for me as I go along and I hope you can join me. I will pick a devotional on www.bible.com (feel free to go there and pick the same reading plan) and be posting the verse(s), devotional, and my own personal commentary. Feel free to leave your own commentary in the comments as I would love to read your guys thoughts. Also, I will have music that may or may not apply to the devotional.
This devotional is titled “Growing Patience”. It is 4 days long. I use the ESV bible but feel free to use the version of your choosing. Mike Pyatt will be assisting as well with guest commentary.
1 Thessalonians 5:14
“And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.”
TALKING TO GOD
Ask God to forgive you for the times you’ve been impatient with others. Thank Him for the times other people have been patient with you.
Shout out as many pairs of opposites as you can. (For example: wet and dry; happy and sad; tall and short)
Have you ever noticed how two people can have opposite personalities or likes and dislikes? God sometimes fills families with people who are quite different from each other. To learn to get along with those closest to you, you have to work at being patient with your differences. In 1 Corinthians 13:4, the first word used to describe love is patient. When Jesus told you to love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:39), He knew you would need patience to do this. God, in His creativity, made you different from all others. Because of this, you have the opportunity to learn patience.
TALKING TO EACH OTHER
– Tell about a time when someone was especially patient with you.
– Why is patience an important part of loving people?
– Is there someone you need to be more patient with?
– What is one thing you can do to show patience to this person?
As I said on a previous day, my parents are extremely patient with me. You have to be patient to love others properly. In fact, I feel closer to someone when they exhibit patience with me. I don’t want to let them down after all. When someone loses it on you and lacks patience then you don’t care as much about impressing them. At least that is how I am. I can be more patient with someone (who I won’t name) that is probably the worst communicator that I know. I am unsure what else I can do besides pray, because they push me to my wits end on patience.
When I was 15, I dropped out of school. Easily the worst decision I ever made. Sure, I bounced back, but I feel that I am not as far ahead as I should be had I never dropped out in the first place. My mother was very patient with me. She could have dusted her hands with me, but she didn’t. She continued to love me and help me get through my problem. I feel that was important for me because it made me want to work harder to get back on track. Her patience motivated me to do better. I don’t think there is one person I need to be more patient with in general, I need to be more patient with everybody. I guess the best thing I can do to show patience with people is to give them space. It’s something that I really need to work on…