Several years ago it was common to hear the phrase, “Be patient, God’s not finished with me yet!” Those words could be seen on T-shirts, coffee mugs, lapel pins, they have even been used as lyrics in a song! The person who used this slogan was asking others to be longsuffering. Isn’t this an important building block of love for others? The apostle Paul wrote, “Love suffereth long” (I Corinthians 13:4). Yes, love is patient!
What should motivate us to be patient with others? First, we should be motivated by God’s patience toward us. God’s delay in bringing his judgment upon the world is an indication of his patience, enabling every man to have an opportunity to repent before it is too late (II Peter 3:9).
Second, we should be motivated by Christ’s patience with those who mistreated him. When Christ was mistreated he refused to get even. When he suffered, he did not threaten in return (I Peter 2:19-24).
Third, we should be motivated to be patient toward others when we realize that this is the only way we can be pleasing to God (Colossians 1:10-11).
Be patient. God’s not finished with me yet!