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Finding Hope in God’s Patience

Feb 8, 2024

“But you, O Lord, are a God of compassion and mercy, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness” (Psalm 86:15).

God is incredibly patient and forgiving, with immense love for us. Even when we make mistakes, He continuously extends forgiveness and grace as we overcome our moments of weakness. His Word comforts us, gives us hope, and leads us back to the places He wants us. “God isn’t late with His promise as some measure lateness. He is restraining Himself on account of you, holding back the End because He doesn’t want anyone lost. He’s giving everyone space and time to change…And remember, our Lord’s patience gives people time to be saved” (2 Peter 3:9,15).

Paul spoke of himself as an example in 1 Timothy 1:16, “But God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of His great patience, with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in Him and receive eternal life.” If God didn’t have patience with us, all would be lost— Yet He does! He waits for us to respond to His Spirit, Who leads us to salvation in Jesus. God works through US to help OTHERS find their road to redemption in Him. By demonstrating the patience and love of God, we can influence those that are lost (even if they don’t realize they are)!

Guiding Points:

Call to Action: How has God been patient with you? Pray for opportunities to share the patience, love, and forgiveness of God with others this week.

“The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love” (Psalm 103:8).

“May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus” (Romans 15:5).

“So, the Lord must wait for you to come to Him so He can show you His love and compassion. For the Lord is a faithful God. Blessed are those who wait for His help” (Isaiah 30:18).

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, we thank You today for Your patience with us, especially when we feel undeserving of it. Your love endures as You extend forgiveness and mercy to us. Thank You for this! Help us to be more like You in our daily lives with the people around us. May we choose patience and help us to recognize opportunities to tell others about Your goodness. In the precious name of Jesus, we pray, Amen.

Final Thought: Be encouraged that God doesn’t lose patience with us! It is never too late to give your life to Jesus.

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