JAMES 5:10-11 10 Brothers and sisters, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 11 As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s patience [KJV] and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy. GALATIANS 5:22-24 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 2 PETER 1:3-7 3 His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. 5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, patient endurance [KJV]; and to patient endurance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.
THE PATIENCE OF JOB:
1. IT’S A TESTED PATIENCE.
EPHESIANS 4:2-3 NLT 2Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. 3 Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. JAMES 1:2-4 NKJV 2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work that you may be perfect and complete , lacking nothing.
2. IT’S A DEVELOPING PATIENCE.
JOB 21:4 NLT 4 My complaint is with God not with people. I have good reason to be so impatient. JOB 7:11 NIV “Therefore I will not keep silent; I will speak out in the anguish of my spirit, I will complain in the bitterness of my soul. JOB 7:19-21 NLT 19 Why won’t you (God) leave me alone, at least long enough for me to swallow! 20 If I have sinned, what have I done to you, O watcher of all humanity? Why make me your target? Am I a burden to you? 21 Why not just forgive my sin and take away my guilt? For soon I will lie down in the dust and die. When you look for me, I will be gone.” JOB 19:25-27 NLT 25 “But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and he will stand upon the earth at last. 26 And after my body has decayed, yet in my body I will see God! 27 I will see him for myself. Yes, I will see him with my own eyes. I am overwhelmed at the thought!
3. IT’S AN ENDURING PATIENCE.
JAMES 5:11 11 As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s patience [KJV] and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.