Nevertheless, Jesus taught us how much he exercised patience, one of the fruits of the Spirit with every person he encountered.
I would like us to focus on the example of Peter. When Jesus met Simon-Peter, he was repeatedly trying to catch fish in the sea. Despite all of his efforts, it was a failure and Peter was not catching many fish. But, when Jesus appeared in his life, Emmanuel (meaning ‘God with us’) was a source of multiplication in the life of Peter. He made his current job fruitful with fish and multiplied Peter’s assignment and skills by transforming him into a Preacher evangelist.
«When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. » Luke 5 :4-6 NKJV
«And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men.” 11 So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him.» Luke 5 :10-11 NKJV
I am sure, you are wondering where am I goin with my story but follow me.
We all know, how much teaching is not an easy task. It is a duty that can only be exercised in a long term. And it requires the teacher’s patience. Jesus is the greatest teacher. He was when he was on earth and still is through the Holy Spirit.
Since, Peter decided to follow Jesus, he experienced his greatness. He learnt from him how to be like him. He discovered the power of loving people by delivering them from sin in order to lead them to eternal life in God. He studied how to cast out demons, how to preach the gospel, he was in a training ground with Jesus.
However, when Jesus was arrested, tortured and then about to be crucified on the cross, Peter, his close and faithful companion, denied him, not once but three times. He, who was constantly in the presence of God, walking daily with Jehovah, ended up behaving like a fearful coward.
«Having arrested Him, they led Him and brought Him into the high priest’s house. But Peter followed at a distance.Now when they had kindled a fire in the midst of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat among them. And a certain servant girl, seeing him as he sat by the fire, looked intently at him and said, “This man was also with Him.” But he denied Him, saying, “Woman, I do not know Him.” And after a little while another saw him and said, “You also are of them.”
But Peter said, “Man, I am not!” Then after about an hour had passed, another confidently affirmed, saying, “Surely this fellow also was with Him, for he is a Galilean.”
But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are saying!”
Immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed. And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had said to him, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” So Peter went out and wept bitterly.» Luke 22 :54-62 NKJV
But when Jesus came back as he had promised, he went to find Peter. He was being faithful to his words.
Jesus did not look at the previous circumstances, he did not take into account Peter’s betrayal, but continued to love his friend patiently. From the very beginning when he met Peter he had hope in him. He was teaching him with the greatest love and all the way to when he betrayed him, Jesus accepted the suffering without being angry, he was patient. In spite of his actions Jesus was patient with Peter until the time he was ready to receive the Holy Spirit and to start the first churches all over the world. Jesus was kind and patient with Peter regardless of his flaws and all and gave him one of the greatest assignments : to make nation disciples and preach the gospel exactly how Jesus taught him.
«Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.» Matthew 28 :19-20 NKJV
At the end, I made the choice to be more patient with my friend, and to continue to share God’s love with him. After all, Jesus was patient with me every day, why should I not be with him? But I never ceased to witness God goodness. Often time I would discuss with him and share testimonies of my life, I explained how much I went through trials and tribulations like everybody does, but Jesus overcame for me.
One day, all of the sudden, very unexpectedly he sent me a message saying,
«Hey, I want to give my life to Christ, I am ready, how should I do it ?»
Being patient with people and with yourself will delete any signs of worry and anxiety. It will enable you to relax, take a deep breathe and keep going as you know that God is in control. How can you let patience flow in your life ?
Love always with the love of God and you will be patient towards everyone, including yourself.
«Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. » 1 Corinthians 13 : 4 NIV
Stay blessed 🙂