1 Peter 1:14-16 – As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
(faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness, and charity [agape])
“Patience” is from the Greek word that means “cheerful endurance; constancy; persistent consistency.” It is this characteristic in Jehovah God, our Heavenly Father Who calls Himself LOVE, that keeps Him in His unchanging state towards us, even when we fall short of His glory. Even though He will chasten His children at times, He loves us in the process. In short, all that God does toward His children in love manifest. It would greatly benefit every believer to realize that “patience” is the power-twin of “faith.” It is “faith” that receives from Father that which is the object of petition, and it is “patience” that holds fast the profession of faith without wavering until the object of petition is fully manifest. As it states in Romans 5, “Tribulation (the trying of your faith) works patience, and patience experience, and experience hope.” They are all tied inextricably together, and in that connection, produce truly supernatural results in the life of a believer.
The same power, the Word of God, that feeds, builds, and empowers “faith” also works in the production, development, and growth of “patience.” When “faith” is strong, it produces such a concrete evidence in the realm of the Spirit that “patience” is supernaturally empowered to hold to what “faith” has received, and that without wavering. And when “faith” and “patience” stand together, unshakable and unwavering, the believer will find himself “perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” And that, my good friend, is a great way to live; pleasing Father, fully supplied, and living with every need and desire met.
Do not allow yourself to think for one moment that such is not a high priority with Father. He has provided all these things to us, “all things that pertain to life and godliness,” so we can live with “all grace abounding to us, so that we, always having all sufficiency in all things man abound to every good work.” My friends, these are not the words of a wishful thinker or a blurry-eyed daydreamer. These are the words of Jehovah God, the Word of the living God, immutable, unchangeable, unalterable, and unwavering that shall never pass away. These words are the will of God for all His people, NOT just some of them. So, I urge you today. Feed your faith on the abundant life of God’s Word, and “let patience have her perfect work” in your life, so you can live “perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”
Manna for Today – 1 Peter 1:3-25; 2 Peter 1:3-15; Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 13:8; James 1:4; James 3:1-12; Hebrews 12:6; Romans 5:1-5; Hebrews 11:6; 2 Corinthians 9:8