Hands-on Faith for Families– week of 6/3/13
Be Patient With Yourself
Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners —of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life.
Talking to God
Thank God for His patience and for helping you to be patient with yourself.
Try to write your name or draw a picture with the hand you don't normally use. If you make a mistake, start over. Talk about why it's so frustrating to write or draw with your opposite hand.
Think about times when God has been patient with you. In 2 Peter 3:15, the Bible says, “Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation.” God is patient with you not just in the area of salvation, but in every area of your life. He won’t give up on you, even when you make mistakes. You need to be as patient with yourself as God is with you. Instead of becoming frustrated, you should keep trying to do what is right before God, even when you fail, so you can become more like Jesus every day.
Talking to Each Other
• How do you know God is patient with you?
• What is one area where you easily become frustrated?
• What is one thing you can do to become more patient with yourself?
From Focus on the Family's Thrivingfamily.com. ©  [Renee Gray-Wilburn]. Used by permission.