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July 24, 2017, 8:38 AM

Symptoms


After a small epiphany yesterday before the Adult class, I want to explore further a thought that unpacked itself during our class time and sermon. Lack of patience (impatience) is not THE problem... it is a symptom of a greater problem. 

As we examine Paul's list concerning what the Holy Spirit will exhibit in those seeking to be like Christ, the first three are the source... what follows (generally speaking) are results of issues we may have with Love, Joy, and Peace. 

If we do not have a full grasp of a loving life, filled with joy, and seeking peace we will naturally become impatient, mean, not full of goodness, and lack self control (among other things). Too often we point first to a lack of patience as our biggest problem. 

That is not the problem.  How we love, or choose to hate is the problem. The boundaries we have allowed to exist between us and certain people is not a lack of patience with "difficult" people. It is a problem with loving like God loves. When we choose to not see joy in our circumstances, we will lose patience at the drop of a hat. Patience is not the problem. Our hearts and the dark places we have kept hidden are the source. 

Your challenge this week as we continue studying patience is to not just be patient with someone. Be patient because you love someone completely. 

Ephesians 4: 2 - 3 Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your dlove. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.


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