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THE LONGSUFFERING OF GOD (3 of 6)
How About Getting To Know Me Better - God
Ken D. Trivette
1 Peter 3:20-21
I. THE LONGSUFFERING OF GOD EXPLAINED TO US!
A. An Attribute of God
B. An Attitude of God
II. THE LONGSUFFERING OF GOD EXEMPLIFIED FOR US!
A. The Length of Noah's Labor
B. The Length of Methuselah's Life
III. THE LONGSUFFERING OF GOD EXPERIENCED BY US!
A. How Patiently God Waited On Us
B. How Patiently God Works In Us
1. Someone has said that patience is the ability to
idle your motor when you feel like stripping your
gears. If most of us were honest, we would have to
admit that when it comes to patience it is not a
virtue that we practice with regularity. As one has
Patience is a virtue,
Possess it if you can,
Seldom found in a woman,
Never found in a man.
2. Many of us need to be like the little boy standing
at the foot of an escalator. A man noticed him
standing there so patiently. He walked over to him and
asked, "Son, are you lost?" The little boy answered,
"No, I'm just waiting for my chewing gum to come
3. We all could learn how to wait and be a little more
patient, rather than being hasty in our actions and
rash in our judgments. Our impatience has often been
the source of much trouble and even sorrow in our
4. If there is one thing I am thankful for it is that
God is not as impatient as we are. Instead, He is a
God of great patience and longsuffering. If there is
one thing that each of us ought to be eternally
grateful for, it is that God is longsuffering. If not,
each of us would have long ago been hurled into hell
by a just and righteous God.
5. What do we mean when we speak of the longsuffering
of God? The particular word used in our text is most
often translated "longsuffering," but on other
occasions it is translated, "patience."
6. The word comes from a combination of words; one
word that means, "long or slow" and another that
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