by Dennis Marquardt

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Patience Is Love's Stability (4 of 9)
Series: Fruit of the Holy Spirit
Dennis Marquardt
Galatians 5:22; 2 Peter 3:4,9,15; 1 Corinthians 13:4; James 5:7-11

INTRO: The one quality sorely lacking in our culture and society today is ''patience!'' Just look at our lifestyle:

a. instant cereals, instant soup, instant coffee, instant milk, etc.
b. instant credit, instant delivery, instant success books
c. instant drying glues
d. instant winners
e. instant pain relief, instant acid indigestion relief, instant relief from hemorrhoid pain, instant whitening teeth, instant eyeglasses (less than an hour!)
f. instant on TV sets, instant hot burners on stoves…

Is it any wonder that our Christianity often reflects a similar ring:

a. we want instant relief from pain and problems - ''name it and claim'' theology
b. we want instant spiritual maturity - to teach before adequate learning!
c. we want instant spiritual authority - those who ''bind and loose'' and ''command and confess'' in the name of the Lord without even knowing what that really means.
d. we want instant results from ministry - those who keep starting and stopping ministries or moving from place to place if things don't happen fast enough like they want - can be true of pastors and laypeople

The truth is that a lack of patience rarely gets us ahead like we think!

ILLUS: Annual cost of running red lights (in medical bills, car repairs, etc.): $7 billion - Average amount of time saved by running a red light: 50 seconds - U.S. Department of Transportation, cited in Hope Health Letter (2/96). ''To Verify,'' Leadership.

PROP. SENT: The Bible teaches us that patience as an aspect of the fruit of the Spirit in our lives helps to develop stability in our walk with God.

I. GOD'S PATIENCE 2 Pet. 3:4,9,15; 1 Cor. 13:4

A. Enduring With Sinners 2 Pet. 3:4,9,15
1. The world essentially mocks spiritual realities.
a. They scoff at Christians and the Bible for saying that Christ is coming again ...

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