Patience in the Lord (James 5:7-11)
You’ve been baptized (like little Noah was this morning). Dear Christians, you’ve been given the gift of forgiveness, a gift that is watered by the early and late rains of baptism, that bears fruit in keeping with repentance. And you’re here this morning clinging to that baptism because you know in your heart that you are self-indulgent–that you’re a sinner. You know that you’re inclined to treasure what the world offers above what God does, to grumble against me as I am against you and we all are against one another…
But what does God say to us in James’s letter? “Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door.” We’re to be patient with one another as God is patient with us. God is patient with us. He forgives and forgives and forgives.
I preached this sermon at Christ Lutheran Church in Murray, Utah on December 11, 2016, the Third Sunday in Advent.