When we think of having patience we can have the tendency to think about being patient toward people who are annoying or upsetting. Having patience is often framed in this light. Be patient with this person because they received bad news or are having a bad day. Be patient with this person because they are going through a hard time. So we often talk about patience in this way. We are to be patient toward people. We are to have self-control and be slow to anger toward others. But there are other very important areas in our lives where we are called to have patience. We need to have patience regarding our circumstances. We need to have patience regarding our trials and suffering. This is the point of patience that James talks about in James 5:7-11. Turn in your copies of God’s word to James 5 and we will look more carefully at these verses.
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