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The greatest victory in life is the victory over self
Look at Romans 2:7 and notice also the result of patient continuance in well-doing is glory, honor, immortality, eternal life. I believe the reason the modifier “patient” is used concerning the subject of well doing is that we sometimes tire in the continuance because we do not have immediate gratification. Look at Gal. 6:9 which proves the point. “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” Honestly, we want “due season” now! I have learned over the years that time and patience are virtues that pay off according to God’s promises, in due season.
The Church at Thessalonica was a good and Godly Church…they loved, they served, and they honored God, but Paul the Apostle felt the need under the influence of the Holy Spirit to encourage them in 2 Thess. 3:13, “But ye, brethren, be not weary in well-doing.” It is important and noticeable that this is sandwiched between two negatives, one about laziness and one about disobedience. The reason is these kinds of people can influence others. See 1 Peter 2:15 where we are told “well doing” Christians “put to silence the ignorance of foolish men.” Simply put, “Patient continuance in well-doing” makes their words, hollow, vain, empty, and few. See verse 12 and look at Tit. 2:8
Listen friends. We need more “well doing” Christians living in “patient continuance.”
Many people do not want to suffer for their “well doing.” See 1 Pet. 3:14-17 and notice vss. 14, 16, 17. They all speak of Saints suffering for their right living and patient continuance. See also 1 Peter 4:14-19 which gives the purpose of our patient continuance…glory to God.
1 Cor. 10:31 “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.”
Now, in order to patiently continue in well-doing, we have to know what well-doing is.
1. Well doing is willingness to suffer for Christ.
2. Well doing is willingness to stay clean with Christ.
3. Well doing is willingness to stay faithful to Christ.
4. Well doing is willingness to stay right when things go wrong.
5. Well doing is willingness to know the will of God, so we can do the will of God.
If we tire of well doing, we very well may and probably will fall into temptation to do evil. We are never more safe that we are Spiritual.
Brethren, for the Glory of God, let us patiently continue in well doing.
The price we pay now will be worth the “glory to God” in the end.