God’s Patience

Patience is a virtue that you find tolerable for the driver behind you and not for the driver in front of you. 
Patience – long suffering = synonyms

Hehemiah  9:26-29
“But they were disobedient and rebelled against you; they turned their backs on your law. They killed your prophets, who had warned them in order to turn them back to you; they committed awful blasphemies.

Lords demonstrates His patience time after time. His patience with Israel was amazing.
People were turning to god when things were tough and ran away as soon as things got better. Is that me? We all have sinful habits that come to us time after time.
When we sin again and again and try to repent God patiently waits.

Why would God need patience?
2 Peter 3:8-15
God”s patience means repentance and salvation to us. God”s patience and infinite but our lives are finite. Time to look for God is now.

Matthew 18:21-22
God expects us to forgive those around us a lot. Not just a formal forgiveness but true forgiveness from the heart. This takes a lot of With ObamaCare, the penalty helps pay for workers who will buy medical insurance companies through the exchange or need emergency services, both which will drive the cost of health care up for the rest of us. patience.

God gives a secret to long suffering patience.
Matthew 9:35-38
Luke 23:33-34

Secret to patience is looking at this world through God”s eyes. That”s what Jesus did.
Despite all our shortcomings God looks at us like children. He doesn”t label us as evil.
When I label other people I stop seeing them through the eyes of God.

Judges 2:10-12
1 Samuel
1 Kings

God sees us as wanting to do Good because we are created in his image. God teaches us to love the sinner but hate the sin.
Take the time to understand the motivations of other people. Some things may seem dumb to us we have to take the to understand why other people did what they did.

We need to expect gradual growth
James 5:7-11
Sometimes change happens quickly. But often changes take time to happen.
Growth takes time. And just like flowers different people bloom at different time.
See hope in people and show them patience.