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  1. Margaret
    January 6, 2010

    Joanna,

    This is beautifully said…. Paul was very patient with new converts, and yet, very firm with a loving discipline….. He obviously appreciated his new life in Christ.

    Margaret

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    • joannamallory
      January 7, 2010

      Margaret, I’m smiling because “patient” is not a word I’ve ever associated with Paul before. Not that he was impatient, but I always sense him as passionately driven by his love of Christ and by the urgency of conveying Christ. You’re right though. As I look at this I see that he really was patient to invest in the growth of new converts. I think the slowness of those who should have by then been mature believers truly frustrated him, though — which is a good reminder to me to stay current with Jesus and keep growing in Him.

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  2. Belinda Burston
    January 6, 2010

    I once heard Pastor Rick Warren say that he got so discouraged with Christians who are only against things, He said, “I want to be FOR something.” Such a good reminder. We have so much to be “for!”

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    • joannamallory
      January 7, 2010

      I agree, Belinda. There are things we need to stand against, but even then a Christlike spirit is different from a hostile one.

      “FOR something”… I guess you could say we’re for Jesus, for the advancement of His kingdom, for sharing His grace and mercy with the world.

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  3. Margaret
    January 7, 2010

    Joanna,

    When I think of Paul’s patience, I think of how he explained things in detail, so people could get a clearer understanding of the whys, hows, and wherefores…… And then, when sin was rampant in an established congregation, Paul firmly condemned the sin, but also commended their growing faith and encouraged them to continue their spiritual growth….. That balance of discipline and encouragements looks like patience….. Jesus also had that kind of patience — a firm discipline and a forgiving encouragement.

    We sure do need it… 🙂

    Margaret

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  4. violet
    January 7, 2010

    “…those who can stay strong even in hard times and who radiate an inner joy… now they have something others might want.”

    Well said! It’s way easy to get carried away with negativity but a radiant, inner joy is what I pray others see in me. Thanks for this!

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    • joannamallory
      January 7, 2010

      Oh, I pray we’ll each grow to radiate an inner joy. Too bad the negativity is easy and the joy takes practice, but at least the practice means we’re staying close to God.

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