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 and Lee. Over the past fifteen years the church has seen continued growth, both in size and diversity. Steve is also involved in Newfrontiers and regularly coaches other lead elders. His book, Good to Grow, was published in July 2011. He is married to Deb, and they have three sons.