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Exodus 3:9-10 MSG “The Israelite cry for help has come to me, and I’ve seen for myself how cruelly they’re being treated by the Egyptians. It’s time for you to go back: I’m sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the People of Israel, out of Egypt.” As I read through the story of Moses I noticed one very obvious characteristic of God – patience.  It’s easy to skim through the 10 plagues and take them at surface value, but when you break them down you quickly understand that the land and the people of Egypt were basically decimated…

“For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.” Hebrews 10:36 I’ve left this need until the last, because it is not the easiest thing to talk about.  It has been said that we should never pray for patience, because the Lord will allow things to come into our lives to teach us patience.  The writer of Romans said it this way: “knowing that tribulation worketh patience.” I remember a friend a few years ago telling us: “I prayed the Lord would give me patience, but I didn’t realize…

“Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.” (Philippians 4:5, New King James Version) Gentleness. It’s listed in Galatians 5:22-23 as one of the nine attributes of the fruit of the Spirit, but I confess it’s not one I’ve thought much about until recently. When I take note of recent events, I find a society filled with harshness rather than gentleness. I hear strident voices, rudeness, disrespect, and criticism. It seems we applaud those who are “tough,” “aren’t afraid to speak up,” and “tell it like it is” even if it hurts another. Gentleness is viewed…