Romans 12:9-12 (NLT)
9 Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. 10 Love each other with genuine affection,[e] and take delight in honoring each other. 11 Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.[f] 12 Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.
As we close out this patience series, we learned that we need to be patient with God because God is not impatient with us. We need to be reminded if we want real power, then it is wise to embody patience. When we are wronged, it is necessary to be patient with the person as God is patient with us. That perseverance is the action word of patience, and love is an action word that involves patience. We also learned the importance of going to our prayer closet to keep up our endurance which will aid in controlling our emotions. We were inspired to know that the frustration, isolation, misunderstanding or suffering we are experiencing during this waiting season does not compare to the promise God has for us! Last week we learned that God’s timing is not our timing and God is simply waiting for us to get it together!
Consider the following:
Today’s scripture lesson is encouraging us to have real love that is not based on hypocrisy. As Christians, we must demonstrate against love with hypocrisy. It is also urging us as Christians to not have a cold and stand-offish demeanor, rather be genuine and show displays of affection. God has called us to never be lazy, work hard, and serve God enthusiastically. Yes, this means even when God says, not yet or never, be diligent and have a fervent spirit. Further, one of the most important instructions is to rejoice in hope. As Christians, it is our rightful duty to rejoice in hope and not in results! When we rejoice in hope we are keeping our eye towards heaven with our spiritual eye sharpened and our worldly eye dulled. When our spiritual eye is focused we display hope, patience, and a steadfast character. Which is also why our text informs us that difficult times do not give us permission to abandon hope, patience, or a steadfast prayer life. Most importantly know that when we face trials, it does not excuse a lack of love in the body of Christ, a lack of willingness to do God’s work, and most importantly it does not excuse a lack of patience. So in everything that you do, have patience!