James 5:8 (AMP) So you also must be patient. Establish your hearts [strengthen and confirm them in the final certainty], for the coming of the Lord is very near.
An established heart is tenacious, unmovable, patient and expectant in faith.
As we wait with anticipation of the Lord’s return we are encouraged to be patient. The Greek word used for patience is, makrothumeo, and means to be long spirited, that is, not willing to lose heart. Another way to say it is, be long suffering, persevering patiently and bravely in enduring misfortune and trouble. Also, it means, to be patient in bearing the offenses and injuries of others while being mild and slow to anger and slow to punish.
For us to develop this perspective and attitude we must be willing to die to self and allow Christ to live in, and through, us. We must be settled in God’s love and the knowledge that when He comes, He comes to reward us.
Hebrews 11:6 (KJV) But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Like Moses, we recognize that what ever we go through now is nothing compared to God’s recompense, misthapodosia, reward in compensation for harm or loss.
Hebrews 11:26 (KJV) Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.
It is important that we remain tenacious (holding firmly) to our confident expectation of the glory to be revealed at the Lord’s coming.
Hebrews 10:35 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.
1 Peter 4:19 (KJV) Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.
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