I FAILED THE TEST. YOU?

by Tammy Phillips
March 28, 2022

“Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all.”  (1Th 5:14 NKJV)

This is probably not the encouraging word you wanted to hear to begin the week.  It is not the word I wanted to hear.  To be honest, I am tired, and I wanted a “well done good and faithful servant”  from the Holy Spirit. 

I had an event at the house over the weekend and I hid my computer cord from myself.  After looking for an hour and patience wearing thin, I found it.  Once my computer was plugged in and recharging, I asked Holy Spirit what He wanted to say today.  The very first thing I saw in my journal, written big and bold…BE PATIENT with ALL!

I studied this verse on Wednesday of last week and by Friday, I had failed the test a couple of times.  We are supposed to read the word and do it.  The Lord had prepared my heart, mind, and spirit with this word from Him. I had studied yet I had failed when it was exam time.  Thankfully, the Lord is forgiving as well as my family and friends, but obviously I need to spend a bit more time studying.  Want to join in so that you can pass the patience test.

Merciful Lord doesn’t say this just in one verse, but many times in the New Testament.

“Therefore,  be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See [how] the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain.” (James 5:7 NKJV)

  • “You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.” (James 5:8 NKJV)

Be patient. Be patient. Be patient with all.  Think He wants us to be patient?

What is patience? 

  • Long spirited
  • Forbearing
  • Long suffering
  • Slow to anger
  • Slow to boil
  • Slow to get inflamed
  • Long enduring temper
  • Enduring
  • Not losing heart
  • Persevering bravely
  • Mild and slow in avenging

There seems to always be and “and” with the Lord. 

And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient…” (2Ti 2:24 NKJV)

This is not an ask, but a command… “A servant of the Lord must not…”

A servant of the Lord must:

  1. Not quarrel, Greek word,  machomai, meaning to war, fight, dispute, and war with words.
  2. Be gentle, Greek word, ēpios, meaning to be mild; kind; friendly; good-natured; easy to talk to.
  3. Able to teach.
  4. Patient, Greek word, anexikakos, meaning, forbearing, enduring wrongs.

“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.” (2Pe 3:9 NKJV)

The Lord is patient with us, and He expects us to be patient with all. 

Be patient with all men.
Be patient with our spouses.
Be patient with our children.
Be patient with our parents.
Be patient with our siblings.
Be patient with our employers.
Be patient with the person driving 40 mph in a 60-mph zone.
Shall I go on? 
Be patient with all situations.
Be patient with His coming.
Be patient with all.

Ouch!  Aren’t you excited about this week, this life of patience we are to live.

I enCOURAGE you with the word of the Lord.  It is all I can do.  I am in the same boat as you with patience.  I am still trying to pass the test as a servant of the Lord.  I can’t do it without Him. 

Patient Father:  Lead us.  Help us walk in your steps of patience as we go this week.  In Jesus name, AMEN.

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