27th February 2015
‘Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other's faults because of your love.’ Ephesians 4:2b (NLT)
‘I want it my way and I want it now, Dad!’ My three year old son said that the other day, because he saw the hot brownies on the counter. I tried to explain to him that he’d need to wait because he’d burn his tongue (mine bears many injuries because I’m a slow learner). He didn’t care, he had no patience.
It’s no wonder where he got this from...as much as I’d like to say his mother, it’s just not true! I hate to wait. I can’t stand waiting in queues and when I make a call and I’m put on hold, this can be stressful for me. Email isn’t fast enough for me, so I use instant messenger.
A person’s faults or failures can stunt their growth. But when we respond with patience, we help them to grow to their full potential. Today you’re going to notice someone doing something wrong, or they might inconvenience you in some way. Rather than doing what’s natural, do what’s spiritual and show the patience God has shown you.
Question to consider
How can you become more patient with the people in your life?
Pray for patience when you interact with others. Pray to be a more patient person.
These devotionals include edited extracts from the Better Together book by Rick Warren, with additional prayer points for King's Church London. We are extremely grateful to Purpose Driven UK for permission to use the extracts.
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Steve Tibbert leads King’s Church London, with sites in Catford, Downham, Lee and Beckenham. The church has seen continued growth since the mid-1990s, both in terms of size and diversity.
As well as leading King’s, Steve hosts and leads Newfrontiers, a fellowship of apostolic leaders with hundreds of churches around the world.
Steve is married to Deb. They have three grown up sons and one grandson.