February 11, 2024

Bob Maas
"Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace."
Ephesians 4:2-3

The Lord’s patience with me is the greatest and most intimate example I have for the forbearance I need to demonstrate toward other people. Just as God has been long suffering with me in my desire to follow Jesus, so I need to be with everyone when I’m not treated the way I want them to treat me.

My ego has unrealistic expectations and sets me up for innumerable disappointments regarding the behavior of other people. There is nothing I should expect from anyone other than God when it comes to the fulfillment of His promises because He alone is capable of performing and executing their completion.

Neither should I expect Him to do it on my schedule because only He knows the perfect timing.

I pray that the Lord will help me be content in every situation as I simply and humbly abide in His peace and joy.