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Imitate Jesus

In such a high-tech, fast paced world, patience is a virtue that gets harder and harder to come by. By nature, it’s in the situations that are hardest that patience is hardest to find. No one lacks patience when everything in the present is going well. Instead, it’s when we are frustrated with our current circumstances and are eager to arrive at a new destination that we lose the patience we need.

James reminds us, however, that Christians should have patience in all situations because we know what we are ultimately waiting for. Verse 8 says, “You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.” We can persevere when times are hard because we know that a God of mercy and compassion loves us and is returning for us.

Jesus calls us to be imitators of Him as He is of God (1 Corinthians 11:1), and we know that one of Jesus’s characteristics is patience (Galatians 5:22-23). As Christians, we have the fruits of the Spirit living inside us, and we are responsible for an outward display of those characteristics. Imitating Jesus as closely as we can is one way to bring people closer to Him.

Reflect:

  • What are you doing on a daily basis to be an imitator of Christ? How do you show the fruits of the Spirit to those around you?
  • Which of the fruits of the Spirit do you find hardest to imitate? How can you grow that quality inside of you?

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