“I can’t go to church because I can’t stand _________”
That’s a valid point. Not being able to to be patient and even getting angry isn’t good, right? I mean Jesus didn’t want people to be angry with each other and Mom always said if you don’t have anything nice to say, just say nothing. It would be better then to not go and be a disruption than to go and stay angry.
The point is wrong, however. God gave us each different gifts and traits to serve specific purposes. Jesus met many people who had a different philosophy and many with a short temper. He always dealt with them in the appropriate manner. Whether it was with patience as with the woman at the well, or in anger with the money changers in the temple, Jesus reacted appropriately.
He purposefully went to places he knew would have beliefs conflicting with His truth. He would teach each person he came across differently, catering his teaching style to each student. We are to follow this example.
The safest place to learn patience and self control is the church. It is a place where you can teach people about how God has changed your life, and be taught by them.
If you’ve been away from the church for any amount of time, it is imperative that you return now, this week. The longer you wait, the more doubt, the more excuses, the more resistance you will have to going. God loves you no matter what you’ve done, what’s been done to you, or what you are going to do. He treats us all with a patience that exceeds Job’s.
Isn’t it time we return His patience to His creation?
“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” – Ephesians 4:2