Source: Amazing Facts, The Fruit of the Spirit is Patience
The following transcript can be found at 00:27:17.
Now is there a limit to God’s patience? â€¦ There is a limit to God’s patience, but God is long suffering. Part of the characteristics of God is his patience. Look at the patience of Jesus with the apostles and the way people talked to him and treated him? Did Jesus ever lose his patience? When did Christ lose his patience? Did he lose his patience? Come on think about it now? â€¦ I think sometimes the Lord acts because he sees that what’s happening is destroying others and he needs to act for the salvation of the many. Let me give you a illustration of this and I’ll say this very delicately if I can.
If you’ve got a professor at a Christian university who is teaching heresy that is turning young people off the path of life, but you’re wanting to redeem that professor is that the time to have patience? I don’t think so. You’re not being impatient if you deal very quickly and strictly with that professor.
Here is another analogy. You’re on a jet air plane. You’re crossing the Pacific Ocean. And you hear the flight attendant say for some reason it appears that the captain has lost his mind. He seems disoriented, but we don’t want to hurt his feelings so we’re going to let him keep flying. Are you being impatient if you take him out of the cockpit? And if you suggest to the flight crew, Look, you need to get him out and let the first officer fly or get someone else competent in the cockpit. And they say, Well that would be bad PR for the airline. Do they ever think that way in flight crews? No. They say if he is not mentally clear, if he is disoriented, if he is inebriated, our first interest is not his self-esteem. Our first interest is the passengers on the plane staying or the students at the desk in the classroom.
Pastor Doug Batchelor