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by Wayne Blank
"The God of patience"
In Jesus' "parable of the sower," successful Christian life is compared to growth of a crop that requires care, time, and patience:
"Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved."
The principle of Biblical patience is often a matter of "No Pain, No Gain":
"we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope" (Romans 5:1-4 KJV)
The Seasons Of The Harvest require patience:
"Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh." (James 5:7-8 KJV)
The "God of patience" provides time for us to grow:
"For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus" (Romans 15:4-5 KJV)
Fact Finder: What should Christians be doing while they're being patient?