Saturday, August 29th, 2009
"His brothers were, in fact, not exercising faith in him." (John 7:5)
Patience is a quality that helps us to make disciples. Our Christian message calls for urgent action, but making disciples often takes considerable time and requires patience. (1 Corinthians 7:29) Even appreciative people may need extended help to change their views, attitudes, and priorities in life. Jesus was not impatient with his half brother James. Although James apparently was well-acquainted with Jesus’ preaching activities, for a time something held him back from becoming a disciple. In the short period between Christ’s death and Pentecost 33 C.E., however, James evidently became a disciple, for the Scriptures suggest that he met for prayer together with his mother, his brothers, and the apostles. (Acts 1:13, 14) James made fine spiritual progress, later shouldering weighty responsibilities in the Christian congregation.—Acts 15:13; 1 Corinthians. 15:7.
(Watchtower issue: 11/15/07, 1:12, 14)
*and one of the greatest examples was how Jesus patiently dealt with the ongoing issue that his apostles kept having about which one was 'the greatest' among them. The men Jesus chose to be apostles obviously had outstanding qualities, and they proved themselves to be hardworking, loyal, and devoted to him. -However, that particular issue regarding 'position' must have been so deeply rooted, that they had more difficulty overcoming it than others,...despite spending so much time learning from Jesus during his ministry. I can't even imagine how frustrating it must have been for Jesus when that issue came up AGAIN on the Passover night before his death, right after he had already patiently corrected them about it earlier THAT VERY SAME DAY!
It just goes to show that if we want to imitate Jesus' way of teaching, we also need to CONTINUE being patient and "putting up with one another in love" (Ephesians 4:2) ...even if it requires repeating the same information over and over, if we find that someone, including one of our brothers or sisters, is having difficulty understanding or applying a particular Bible principle or teaching.