If you have not read the first three posts in this series, be sure to read them below:
Ladder of Humility (Part One)
Ladder of Humility (Part Two)
Ladder of Humility (Part Three)
The fourth step of humility is Patience to Accept the Difficulty of Others.
Ultimately, this only arises out of a deep sense of love and compassion for people. My guess is that every follower of Jesus would claim to love people but how many of them actually practice the love Jesus speaks about?
This step of humility can only be formed as we meditate on God’s love for humanity.
We NEED to understand that we are only loved by God as a result of sheer grace. God did not save you because you are a good person, you are saved because Jesus is the perfect person. The Gospel is NOT clean yourself up and THEN approach God. The Gospel is that while we were yet sinners, rebelling against a Holy God and deserving eternal condemnation in Hell, Christ died for US! (Romans 5:8)
When I experience myself becoming impatient with the difficulty of others, I am spitting upon the face of the Son of God.
Our patience for others should be a reflection of God’s patience for us. Paul makes this point clear in Romans 15:7 – “Accept one another, just as the Messiah also accepted you, to the glory of God.”
According to this verse, we should be patient with the difficulties of others for the following reasons:
- It is a command from Scripture.
- Jesus accepted us and we definitely did NOT deserve it.
- Ultimately, it brings glory to God.
Let’s paint a beautiful picture of God’s love for us by being patient with the difficulties of others. By so doing, we are being obedient to scripture, reflecting the love of God, and bringing glory to God.
Why do YOU think this fourth step is difficult for so many people? Leave a comment and let me know!
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