2/5/17 Be Patient With Each Other

“God gives us the strength to be patient and the encouragement we need to get through every trial that comes our way. I pray that we would seek to be like Jesus in our dealings with each other, so that we could live in harmony with each other and give God glory and honor through our lives. Jesus honored God in everything that He said and did while living among us. He also was accepting of all kinds of people – Jews and Gentiles, those who considered themselves the strictest follower of the Law and those who were considered to be the worst sinners. Follow His example and accept people just as they are, the way that Jesus did with you. Jesus tells us to come to Him just as we are, and after He saves us from our sins, then He changes our hearts and minds. We cannot change anyone’s hearts or minds, but we can lead them to the One who can. Remember that when Jesus was here on the earth, He wasn’t here to rule over us, but to serve us, so that we might discover God’s truth, to fulfill God’s promises written of in the Scriptures, and to bring the Gentiles to Himself. In the book of Samuel, and also in the book of Psalms, it says, ‘Therefore I will praise You among the Gentiles; I will sing the praises of Your Name.’ The Scriptures also speak of Jesus’ ministry to the Gentiles in the books of Deuteronomy and Isaiah, saying, ‘Rejoice, you Gentiles, with His people,’ and then, ‘Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles: let all the peoples extol Him,’ and finally, ‘The Root of Jesse will spring up, one who will arise to rule over the nations; in Him the Gentiles will hope.’ Our God is the God of hope. I pray that as you learn to trust Him more and more, He would fill your hearts with His joy and peace, so that through the power of the Holy Spirit living inside of you, hope may flow from you and be a visible sign of your faith to all who see you.”

Romans 15:5-13, 2 Samuel 22:50, Psalm 18:49, Deuteronomy 32:43, Psalm 117:1, Isaiah 11:10

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