STEP 8. PERSEVERE in the new life and identity to which God has called me.
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“I can see God’s faithfulness over the last [time since beginning this material]. As I have experienced victory, my temptation has changed [describe] and my ability to focus on God in non-crisis times has been stretched [examples]. I have come to realize that ‘healthy’ means more than the absence of sinful anger. God has an entirely different agenda for my life [explain] than what I knew. I am learning to enjoy it and be comfortable in it.”
Memorize: 2 Timothy 2:24-25 (ESV), “And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth.” As you memorize this passage reflect upon these key points:
- “The Lord’s servant” – Is this becoming the predominant identity clause that orients your life?
- “Must” – This list of attributes is to define those who call themselves servants of God.
- “Opponents” – The application point of this verse is primarily those who oppose you.
- “God may” – These responses are possible when we recognize that only God changes people.
- “Repentance” – Hopefully you now view this as a good word that would be a blessing to yourself and others.
“True strength in God’s eyes means victory over one’s temper more than one’s enemies (p. 85).” Robert Jones in Uprooting Anger
“The Bible links hope in God with a willingness to wait. To wait is to have confidence that God will bring justice. He will satisfy the depth of our desire, but in his time and not ours (p. 140).” Justin & Lindsey Holcomb in Rid of My Disgrace
“God has designed our relationships to function as both a diagnosis and a cure. When we are frustrated and ready to give up, God is at work, revealing the places where we have given in to a selfish agenda (the diagnosis). He then uses that new awareness to help us grow precisely where we have struggled (the cure) (p. 48-49).” Tim Lane & Paul Tripp in Relationships: A Mess Worth Making
“Mercy is my commitment to live alongside you in this broken world even though I will suffer with you, for you, and because of you (p. 137)… Mercy understands that grace is a better pathway to change than condemnation, but it never compromises what is morally right and true (p. 139).” Tim Lane & Paul Tripp in Relationships: A Mess Worth Making