Let Patience Do Its Perfect Work
“But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” - James 1:4
The trying of your faith is going to develop patience in you. And the Amplified Bible says, “Let endurance have its perfect result and do a thorough work, so that you may be perfect and completely developed in your faith, lacking in nothing.” When was the last time you asked God to make you perfect? Maybe you should have asked for patience as well, because it is only through patient, abiding faith and trust in the Lord that we become “perfect.”
Now, a lot of people confuse this word “perfect” with “sinless.” The Greek word for perfect in James 1:4 is teleios—it refers to a maturing growth. For example, an oak tree is the teleios of an acorn. It is the “perfection” of an acorn, which has now come to maturity.
So when you are discouraged and feeling a little blue,
Take a look at a mighty oak and see what a nut can do.
Take a walk this week enjoying the beauty of God’s creation and ask Him to give you the patience and faith that can turn a little acorn into a mighty oak.
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