Friday, June 10, 2011

Patience Please!

"They did submit cheerfully and with patience to all the will of the Lord" Mosiah 24:15 LDS
"Let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire" James 1:2-4

The Holy Scriptures counsel patience, and for good reason. While this is a topic worthy of its own book, there are three points I would like to make for the dispersed Saints....

A - God forbid that his punishments came to us as fast as his blessings! God is and long suffering - "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance 2PE 3:9. This demands of us a level of patience that takes this promise into account.

B - Patience is a fundamental part of the exercise of Agency - We may feel we have done all wae can do with a certain situation or person, but Agency demands that we think that it is important to the Agency of another that we stick with it until God sorts it out. Patience among the Saints is vital to the smooth functioning of Agency among us and our outreach to the world - "But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear" 1PE 3:15

C - Preparedness is the soul of Patience - Notice Peter said "be ready always". Sitting around and staring into space is usually equated with patience, but our patience is also to have the character of expectation, not passing time. Think of the servants and talents in Matthew 25. While the one talent slave's fate might seem unjust - after all he was not given as much as the other servants - God would have made that multiply many times had it been laid to HIS work, not matter how little it was or how long it took. We should all have the patient expectation of the Kingdom of God. In the name of Jesus Christ...Amen"

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