An Acrostic On Patience
Pray - We need to pray for strength to endure. Often when we pray for patience we find that we are put into situations which help us build more patience. God’s spirit help us to pray. Romans 8:26-28; Philippians 4:5-7
Assurance - Trust in the Lord. You’ve prayed, now trust that he will give you help you do and say the right things. He’s got this in His hands. Proverbs 3:5-6; Hebrews 10:19-23
Transformation - Be transformed into the image of Christ. Jesus is patient and we should be too. This is a process that doesn’t just happen overnight. You must submit yourself to God. Romans 8:29; 12:1-2. James 4:7-10
Improve your relationships - There is usually one or two people raise our stress level. Try to get to know them better and treat them nicer. Matthew 7:12; Romans 12:10.
Enjoy Life - Slow down. Stop and smell the roses. Most the time we are impatient because we are in a hurry. Showing gratitude to God in al situations and relationships is a great way to reduce stress and appreciate life more. Proverbs 17:22; 1 Peter 3:10-11
Network - It is always good to establish a few good Christian people to help hold you accountable. Mutual accountability helps us grow and defeat temptations and bad habits. Hebrews 3:13; 10:24-25; James 5:16
Compassion - Sometimes we get impatient with the elderly, disabled, children, etc. because they are slow or get in our way. Instead of losing patience we could help them, bless them, or do something nice for them. Ephesians 4:32; 1 Peter 3:8.
Entertain peaceful thoughts - Sometimes impatience is brought on because our minds are jumbled with worries, stress, or “stinkin’ thinkin’”. We need to replace bad thoughts with good ones. Philippians 4:8-9; 2 Corinthians 10:3-6; Isaiah 26:3.
Join us this Sunday at Beaver Creek Christian Church for worship service at 11:00 am. The message this week is BECOMING LIKE CHRIST: Be Patient.