Be patient with everyone.
It's sort of referring to the idle, weak, and fainthearted just mentioned earlier in the passage...and when put into this little MomE's mind...I think how it's a special kind of love that's patient. It requires a loving attitude.
|Coffee Cake (Literally!)....oh, wow!!|
Remember Neh. 8:8-10..."for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” All the people were upset when they read the law and realized the extent of their sin against God. They were encouraged to let the joy of the Lord be their strength...Talk about total forgiveness and remarkable encouragement. I have SO much to be rejoicing about...EVERY DAY! This attitude...directly connects to the being patient with everyone attitude for me though. Do you see it? The rejoicing attitude leads to patient attitude = right attitude!
|This is Scruffy's heating vent...if I want to bake I have to stand around her...coincidence that my back hurts...Hmmm?|
And the right attitude towards God...the One with perfect wisdom for every situation....comes from conversation with him. And, as I've pointed out recently...we can have DIRECT ACCESS through Jesus Christ. How's your signal?
|Really, really...go make this cake NOW!|
Quench not the Spirit.
What stifles or hinders the Spirit? SIN...yeah...Eph. 6 is more specific...bitterness, anger, evil speaking. God gives us the power to OBEY him when he tells us to stop doing things. Ouch, ouch....OUCH! I am often impatient and not rejoicing...and I like to tell myself that I'll get it right some day. Sometimes I tell myself to cut myself little breaks in this chaotic season of life...but really...that's not right...I am called to OBEDIENCE! AND...the Spirit that lives in me...gives me the power to OBEY!
That's enough little reminders for today. I do encourage you to re-read that chapter...It's short and powerful!