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 God Is A Patient Father
 
"The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance." (2 Peter 3:9)
 
     A Mom or Dad can put a toddler's shoes and socks on, and tie the shoes in a fraction of the time it takes the little one to do the same thing. And a neighborhood walk takes several times longer when a child is allowed to stop and explore bugs, rocks, leaves, and flowers along the way. Loving parents understand what's happening in those moments. Their little one is learning and exploring at his own speed. Patience is the speed of the parent until the learning is done; it's an expression of a parent's goodness and love.
    God is like that, He's patient with us because He's a perfect Heavenly Father understanding our show learning process. He loves His imperfect children and wants us to learn. Yes, God is patient with His created humanity, believers and unbelievers alike. He knows our weaknesses and is patient with us as Hebrews 4:15 declares. He knows the hearts of unbelievers and longs for them to believe, "not willing that any should perish" (2 Peter 3:9).
     When you feel impatient with yourself or with others, remember God's loving patience with you. It was John Calvin who said, "Where there is no patience, there is not even a spark of faith."

 

 

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