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Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door. As an example of suffering and patience, brothers, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful. But above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your “yes” be yes and your “no” be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation. (James 5:7-12)
MAIN TRUTH: The Spirit Produces Supernatural Patience in the believer who faithfully endures temporary trials with a faith and focus on the return of Jesus.
DEFINITION: “Patience is the ability to suffer a long time under the mistreatment of others without growing resentful or bitter.” – Jerry Bridges
THE PROBLEM: “There are no sins God’s people are more subject to than unbelief and impatience. They are ready either to faint through unbelief, or to fret through impatience.” Thomas Watson
4 MARKS OF PATIENT ENDURANCE
- A singular focus on the coming of Christ. vv. 7-8
- A loving edification of the people of God vv. 9-10
- A faith in the gracious purpose of Christ v. 11
- An ordinary, resolute commitment to Christ. v. 12