Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

Patience – Third Night

on November 22, 2012

Patience – Third Night

We can let our light shine through patience or longsuffering. Patience is described as the ability to endure waiting, or delay without becoming annoyed or upset. It also means to persevere calmly when faced with difficulties and hardships.

2 Timothy 2:3-4  NKJV     “You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.”

     Longsuffering means having continued in existence for a long period of time. God is very patient and longsuffering with us. It is His desire that everyone will come to repentance, therefore He endures the waiting without becoming annoyed or upset with us even when it takes a long time.

2 Peter 3:9  NKJV     “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

     The only way a person can endure trouble, pain, waiting, and disappointment without getting angry or bitter is by submitting to God and abiding in Christ. The Holy Spirit has been given to us to be with us during these times.

Father, We thank-you for this time of the year when we can come together to remember all that You have done. We give You thanks for giving us the ability to endure waiting and delay. By the power of the Holy Spirit cause us to not be annoyed or upset when we have to wait on Your promises. May we persevere when faced with difficulties and hardships. Thank-you for being patient with us and concerned about us. May we show the same patience and concern to others. Cause us to submit to You and abide in Christ every day.   In Jesus’ name, Amen.

(Light 3 candles)


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