In this sermon, part of a series on the fruit of the spirit, Pastor Neil talks about the spiritual fruit of patience, based on James 5: 7-11.
God’s Patience with Sinners Like Us
Just as God has shown His patience to sinners like me and you, He will continue to show His patience to sinners, giving time and opportunity to repent, until the moment of Christ’s return. Which, as the Bible teaches and as we believe, is a sure thing. Jesus. Will. Return. His coming again is as certain – more certain, in fact, than the sunrise in the east every morning. Neither James nor Peter knew when Jesus would return. Jesus said that no one knows the day or time of His return. Only God. But Jesus. Will. Return. Our task, as James points out, is to wait patiently for that day to come, in the same way that farmers have to wait for their crops to mature, letting both the spring and autumn rains do their slow but sure work (James 5:7, MSG).
It takes patience to wait. (How is that for a profound statement?) You could also say: “I wouldn’t be so impatient if I didn’t have to wait so much!”
In the context of James 5, what we must wait for patiently is the coming again of the Lord Jesus who, as we are told in Hebrews 9:28, “will appear a second time, not to bear sin” – which He has done once-for-all in His suffering and death on the cross – “but to bring salvation to those who are” – what? – “waiting for Him.”
The spiritual fruit of patience is evidenced in our faithful, unwavering waiting for the coming again of Jesus our Savior. We don’t know when it will be. But we know that it will be. It may or may not be in our lifetimes. The signs of the times, with wars and rumors of wars and natural disasters and the prevalence of evil and false teachings, suggest that we are living in what the Bible calls “the last days.” But we don’t know how long “the last days” will last before Jesus returns. What we do know is that every day brings us one day closer to the day of the Lord’s coming.
Which means, as James says in verse 7, that we must be patient. He says it again with emphasis in verse 8: “You also, be patient and stand firm.”
Pastor Neil has a lot more to say about this topic. Please click on the link below to hear the sermon in its entirety.