18 November 2016

This 'n' That

They say that patience is a virtue. The expression is rumored to have first been penned by poet William Langland in the 1300s, in his poem "Piers Plowman." Chaucer apparently made a similar statement in his The Canterbury Tales. I should remember since I read that once, but alas, apparently 11th grade English failed me. Or rather, perhaps I should have failed 11th grade English! I digress...

Regardless of which literary great first expressed this sentiment, in truth, it was God who first elevated patience as a noble and necessary characteristic of His children.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. (Galatians 5:22-24)
We urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone. (1 Thessalonians 5:14)
We can expect that God would call on His children to exhibit this virtue, for He is perfectly patient; therefore, His children ought to reflect the character of their Father, even if, in their fallen state, they must do so imperfectly.
The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)
As fallen men and women, it is not always easy to be patient with others. It only takes one quick visit to the grocery store to understand this! Yet God, in His goodness, is sanctifying us in order that we might grow to look more and more like His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.

While patience with others may be a struggle, there is an event that requires even more patience from believers.
Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains. You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near. (James 5:7-8)
His coming is near! Yet, as we toil and plod through this life, it often seems as though His return is far away...too far away.

Brothers and sisters, let us pray that we are not discouraged by this fleeting age, for God is sovereign and Christ is King. Best of all, He is coming again, and when He does, He will take those who are His to be with Him forever.
In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also. (John 14:2-3)
May we, with the Apostle John, exclaim, "Amen. Come, Lord Jesus."

I would love nothing more than for Christ to return before you have a chance to read this post, but in case He has not, I still hope you enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • I think we could probably all use a lesson in learning how to redeem our time.
  • The Christian in Complete Armour, free!
  • A free book for every day of the year!
  • Another free book!
  • This may be a "modern family," but it's not one to be celebrated.
  • I'm excited to take a peek at this!
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable. Warning, you may tear up with this one. (Thanks, Marti!)
  • I love Cookie Monster. I love candy. Ergo, I love this.
  • And while we're indulging our sweet tooth, this also looks intriguing.
  • I'm not sure how to label this. Serendipitous? Not unless this dear woman was a believer.
  • Should you stop calling yourself a Christian?
  • I remember this book! I had no idea that this was the story behind it.
  • Portraits of the Messiah (love this):

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