There are times when I become really impatient with people.
Especially when my expectations of them fall short.
When I feel like I have invested my time energy & resources and received little in return.
When I need their forgiveness and understanding.
I am thankful God does not view His investment in me the way I view my investment in others.
After reading these words by Peter the Apostle I not only received a reality check but an example for me to follow
“Now the Lord is not slow about enacting His promise—slow is how some people want to characterize it—no, He is not slow but patient and merciful to you, not wanting anyone to be destroyed, but wanting everyone to turn away from following his own path and to turn toward God’s.
– 2 Peter 3:9
Not slow, not indifferent, patient, merciful, not wanting anyone’s destruction.
This is God’s feelings about the world He sent His Son to save and die for.
A world where many although suffering under the incredible weight of sin and sorrow, continue to reject the One who came to rescue them from death and destruction.
My dissatisfaction with what I expect from others seems petty and small in comparison.
But at the same time, I am not God with infinite compassion and understanding and mercy.
So how do I navigate through these waters?
What insight is available that would enable me to follow His example?
Grow in grace and in the true knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus, the Anointed, to whom be glory, now and until the coming of the new age. Amen. – 2 Peter 3:18
The apostle Peter now years removed from the prideful, impulsive, act first, ask questions later guy, offers through the Holy Spirit, wisdom to follow His example.
One- Grow in grace.
Our grace does not grow if it is not tested.
It grows when we offer grace to those who disappoint us, hurt us, betray our trust, do not forgive us.
It grows when we begin to understand the grace we have received in our offenses against God, and helps us to be patient in not demanding what has to be freely given when we offend others. Grace is a gift.
It grows when I am willing to allow others to grow in grace that doesn’t always come quickly and by doing so, and I grow in grace as well.
Two- And in the true knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Not slow, patient, merciful, keeper of promises….
These are words Peter uses to describe his Lord, who He assures us will return.
True knowledge of Jesus Christ involves many things but one thing we cannot overlook is His unrelenting desire for our wellbeing and survival.
Is that my primary concern for others?
Does my complaints about them;
Too slow to our respond
Too slow to forgive
Disregard for my feelings
Imitate the One I follow? Who shows
Concern for our well-being
Growing in grace, growing in knowledge of who He is is not optional if we will follow Him.
It is by grace we are saved, and by grace we must allow to grow in everything that comes after..