Welcome to the daily devotional we have. This is a learning process for me as I go along and I hope you can join me. I will pick a devotional on www.bible.com (feel free to go there and pick the same reading plan) and be posting the verse(s), devotional, and my own personal commentary. Feel free to leave your own commentary in the comments as I would love to read your guys thoughts. Also, I will have music that may or may not apply to the devotional.
This devotional is titled “Growing Patience”. It is 4 days long. I use the ESV bible but feel free to use the version of your choosing. Mike Pyatt will be assisting as well with guest commentary.
1 Timothy 1:15-16
“The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life.”
TALKING TO GOD
Thank God for His patience and for helping you to be patient with yourself.
Try to write your name or draw a picture with the hand you don’t normally use. If you make a mistake, start over. Talk about why it’s so frustrating to write or draw with your opposite hand.
Think about times when God has been patient with you. In 2 Peter 3:15, the Bible says, “Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation.” God is patient with you not just in the area of salvation, but in every area of your life. He won’t give up on you, even when you make mistakes. You need to be as patient with yourself as God is with you. Instead of becoming frustrated, you should keep trying to do what is right before God, even when you fail, so you can become more like Jesus every day.
TALKING TO EACH OTHER
– How do you know God is patient with you?
– What is one area where you easily become frustrated?
– What is one thing you can do to become more patient with yourself?
The only person I can compare God’s patience to would be my parents. However, even they do not know everything I have done and thought. To be thankful for God’s patience with us is just one thing out of so many. I become easily frustrated by liars and traffic. As a police officer, I encounter liars on a day to day basis. However, traffic is a whole other beast. The fact that traffic mostly happens because people slow down to look at wrecks and for the dumbest things just kills my patience. I can become more forgiving of liars, but I am unsure how I can be more patient. It kills any trust to be had.
I know God has been extremely patient with me because he continues to bless me in ways that I can’t even imagine. I don’t deserve it. Never have, never will. At times, I do feel frustrated when things don’t go my way. It’s the one area that I have gotten better in, but I know I have a long way to go. That frustration turns into confusion real quick. 1 Corinthians 14:33 states that God isn’t the author of confusion, he is peace. That’s one thing I can do to become more patient with myself. I just need to be peaceful and relax. I pray that if anybody else has the same problems that I have with my frustration that they just take a chill pill and reflect on 1 Timothy 1 15. Christ came to save sinners, so that means us. Trust in him.