Patience – All I Can Bear

Patience – All I Can Bear

1 Peter 2:17-25

Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor. Slaves, in reverent fear of God submit yourselves to your masters, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh. For it is commendable if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious of God. But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.” When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” For “you were like sheep going astray,” but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor. Slaves, in reverent fear of God submit yourselves to your masters, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh. For it is commendable if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious of God. But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in His mouth.” When they hurled their insults at Him, He did not retaliate; when He suffered, He made no threats. Instead, He entrusted Himself to Him who judges justly. “He Himself bore our sins” in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by His wounds you have been healed.” For “you were like sheep going astray,” but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
– 1 Peter 2:17-25 (NIV)

I cannot carry all these people by myself; the burden is too heavy for me.

Numbers 11:14

It is hard to be patient!

Real patience is:
•  Long-tempered instead of short-tempered
•  Self control instead of out of control
•  Enduring instead of exploding
•  Acceptance instead of anxiousness
•  Bearing instead of swearing

One definition of patience that the American College Dictionary gives is – “bearing of pain, misfortune, annoyance and delay”

To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. 
–  1 Peter 2:21 (NIV)

1. Christ
a. Pain

When they hurled their insults at Him, He did not retaliate; when He suffered, He made no threats. Instead, He entrusted Himself to Him who judges justly. “He Himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by His wounds you have been healed.”
– 1 Peter 2:23-24 (NIV)

  b. Misfortune
  c. Annoyance

Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing.
– Luke 23:34 (NIV)

  d. Delay

To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.
– 1 Peter 2:21 (NIV)

2. Christian
a. Pain

For it is commendable if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious of God. 20 But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God.
– 1 Peter 2:19-20 (NIV)

b. Misfortune

Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat.
–  Luke 22:31 (NIV)

In the world you will have trouble.
– John 16:33 (NIV)

Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.
– 2 Timothy 2:3 (NIV)

  c. Annoyance

And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone.
– 1 Thessalonians 5:14 (NIV)

    We are told to do two things for others:
• Bear with them

We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves.
– Romans 15:1 (NIV)

I hope you will put up with me in a little foolishness. Yes, please put up with me!
– 2 Corinthians 11:1 (NIV)

      • Bear them up

Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
– Galatians 6:2 (NKJV)

  d. Delay

No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; He’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; He’ll always be there to help you come through it.
– 1 Corinthians 10:13 (The Message)

How to develop patience
1. Abide in Christ

I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in Me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
– John 15:5 (NIV)

  2. Slow down

Psalm 46:10 (NIV) says, “Be still, and know that I am God”

  3. Overlook the little frustrations of life
4. Realize there are some things you can’t handle on your own

As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the LORD. They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!” Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
– Exodus 14:10-14 (NIV)

Some time after this, Jesus crossed to the far shore of the Sea of Galilee (that is, the Sea of Tiberias), and a great crowd of people followed Him because they saw the signs He had performed by healing the sick. Then Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down with His disciples. The Jewish Passover Festival was near. When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, He said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” He asked this only to test him, for He already had in mind what He was going to do.
– John 6:1-6 (NIV)

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that He considered me trustworthy, appointing me to His service. Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.
– 1 Timothy 1:12-16 (NIV)