Add To Your Faith… Patience

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith…perseverance (patience in KJV)… If you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive. – 2 Peter 1:5-8

When we come to Christ we have faith, that is what brought us to him; but for most of us our faith is baby faith. We have believed enough to begin our journey with the Lord, but that’s about it.

It is only after we begin our journey that we start to feel the need for more of the grace of God working in our lives. Peter is giving us a formula for growing in our faith. He is calling believers to “make every effort to add to your faith” those characteristics necessary for an effective and productive journey of faith.

The word translated perseverance, or patience (KJV) comes from the Greek word, “hupomone.” It is actually a combination of two words; hupo, meaning to be under and meno, to abide. Literally it would mean to be abiding under. An application would be to have patient continuance while under a stressful time.

One definition of the word is, “The characteristic of a man who is un-swerved from his deliberate purpose and his loyalty to faith and piety by even the greatest trials and sufferings” (Thayer). It is that quality that demands a person stand firm even when his own person is being threatened.

Patience in the face of uncomfortable circumstances requires discipline of spirit. The NIV translation calls this trait, “perseverance.” Paul writes to the Romans, “We rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance” (Romans 5:3). He goes on to say that perseverance produces character and character produces hope.

It is this enduring hope which keeps us on this journey of faith. Our faith has given us hope and because we have faith we patiently endure. “Hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts,” (Romans 5:7)

Prayer:Lord, It isn’t easy to endure hardship when I see others living so well. Grant me the grace of patiently enduring. In Jesus name, amen.
Add To Your Faith… Patience

Principle: A patient person is loyal even in the greatest trial and suffering.

Affirmation: I gain patience by practice the habit of encouraging myself in the Lord when going through difficult times.

Reflection: It is easier to be patient when times are good – but what do you do to be patient when times are stressful? Can you rejoice in suffering because you know that suffering produces perseverance or patience? Think about it.

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