The words “pray” or “prayer” is mentioned over 300 times in the Bible, so if you believe in the Bible you have to believe something about prayer. Years ago I found a statement that expresses my feelings on prayer. It says, “I don’t believe in prayer…I depend on it.” I guess you could say that I have staked my life on prayer. Let me share a personal experience to illustrate.
The word heart occurs over one thousand times in the Bible. It denotes a person’s center for physical, emotional, intellectual, and moral activities. Since this is “Heart” month, represented by the sending of Valentine Hearts to loved ones and close friends, I want to focus on the emotional, intellectual, and moral uses of the word...
What characterizes Christians? The apostle Paul tells us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Gal. 5:22-23). It is through the Spirit that we develop these traits, grow in grace, and glorify God. Dr. R.C. Sproul explores these qualities and the transforming power they evidence.
Do you exercise patience with your employees? In this post taken from the course "Love Works," Joel Manby, President and Chief Executive Officer of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, explains to business leaders how to be both patient and admonishing with the people they lead.
"A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense." | Proverbs 19:11 (NIV)
"We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy, always thanking the Father. He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light." | Colossians 1:11-12 (NLT)
"Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love." | Ephesians 4:2 (NLT)
"But you, O Lord, are a God of compassion and mercy, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness." | Psalm 86:15 (NLT)
"The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent." | 2 Peter 3:9 (NLT)
"Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections, but instantly set about remedying them - every day begin the task anew." | Francis De Sales
"Beware of him that is slow to anger; for when it is long coming, it is the stronger when it comes, and the longer kept. Abused patience turns to fury." | Francis Quarles
"True patience grows with the growth of love. We put up with our neighbors to the extent that we love them. If you love, you are patient. If you cease loving, you will cease being patient. The less we love, the less patience we show." | Gregory the Great
"Patience with others is Love, Patience with self is Hope, Patience with God is Faith." | Adel Bestavros
“The times we find ourselves having to wait on others may be the perfect opportunities to train ourselves to wait on the Lord.” | Joni Eareckson Tada
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