What or who required your patience this week? How did you respond?
We naturally think of patience as a good thing, something associated with maturity, something to be admired in others. At the same time, patience is not a naturally occurring trait. Apart from a higher power and a higher perspective, patience doesn’t just happen.
What do you find “tries” your patience the most? What makes you lose your cool? (Mike identified interruptions, inconveniences and irritations as a few patience stealers this week.)
Over the past year, do you think you have become more or less patient? Why do you think so?
What does the Bible say?
Read Psalm: 37:1-11
What things eat away at our patience? What frustrates David in this psalm?
David gives us a list of things to stop doing / focusing on. What are they?
What does he tell us to do / focus on instead? How does changing focus help us grow in patience?
Read Psalm: 40:1-5
What is David’s attitude in this first half of the psalm? What is he describing?
Share a time when remembering how God was faithful in the past enabled you to be patient in times of waiting or uncertainty.
Read Proverbs 3:5-8 (written by David’s Son!)
What does Solomon say is the result of ‘fearing’ God, even when His solution isn’t obvious?
How do these verses relate to patience?
How is patience related to trust?
Patience is an act of faith, based on a super-human perspective. Mike started this week’s message with a caveat; we cannot be patient on our own, we don’t have what it takes! If we want to be patient we have to (re)-learn how to walk, this time by the Spirit (Galatians 5:16) by:
1. Choosing to listen to the inner promptings of the Holy Spirit.
2. Allowing the Holy Spirit to empower us to do what we could not otherwise do.
If you are going to have patience toward others and in your own person today, that ability can only come from God. Each day this week, pray for God to allow His Spirit to:
1. Reveal ways in which you are not enjoying the patience and peace available to you.
2. Give you the power –grounded in an understanding of God’s Love toward His children – to practice patience and experience peace.
3. Read Ephesians 3:16 every day this week.
• Group challenge – Memorize Ephesians 3:16-21 as group this week (one verse a day!) and share with each other at your next meeting.