Sunday 29th Message
March 29, 2020
In Paul”s letter to the Galations he speaks about the fruits of the Spirit one of which is patience. It is patience I have in mind for us to think about today.
I wonder how you are all doing in this present ‘lock in’. Has annoyance and irritation set in yet being in each others company all day long?
I imagine it must be especially difficult for those who live in smaller houses with their families. If you are not able to go to another room to watch tv or get on with those jobs that as we often say ‘I’ll do that later’ then although we love one another our patience is sorely tested.
We love our families but don’t we get on one another’s nerves sometimes? I do. I mean we do annoy each other at times and our patience runs out.
Don’t think for a moment that the most famous bible characters did everything right all the time. They didn’t. The disciples argued and pestered one another, Peter and Paul had a big bust up and Joseph, the guy with the fancy coat, irritated his brothers so much that they sold him to passing slave traders. That option is not available to us so we have to be patient.
Perhaps we tolerate one another rather than exercise patience, what’s the difference?
At the heart of it though, we really do love one another and all around us we see evidence of the fruits of the Spirit in the kindness, generosity and love expressed day by day. We all need to be patient and by the grace of God we can be.
I ask you to think/meditate today on what it means to be patient.
God bless you!
Revd James Boag
GALATIANS 5: 22-26
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.
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