Therefore, brothers and sisters, you must be patient as you wait for the coming of the Lord.
7 Therefore, brothers and sisters, you must be patient as you wait for the coming of the Lord. Consider the farmer who waits patiently for the coming of rain in the fall and spring, looking forward to the precious fruit of the earth. 8 You also must wait patiently, strengthening your resolve, because the coming of the Lord is near. 9 Don’t complain about each other, brothers and sisters, so that you won’t be judged. Look! The judge is standing at the door!
10 Brothers and sisters, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord as an example of patient resolve and steadfastness.
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When our son Adam was two years old and things were not going well for him in his relationship with Mommy or Daddy—He did not get the cookie he wanted or get to play with something that was a little too advanced for him—he never whined or stomped his feet. The most dramatic action that he could think of consisted of cramming himself tightly in the corner of a room, with his face up against the wall, and announcing, “I’m not looking at you!” Apparently, he believed the worst punishment he could inflict on his wicked parents was to deny them the joy of gazing on his little round cheeks, huge blue eyes, and whatever he had spilled on the front of his shirt (usually apple juice or jelly).
We laughed that Adam expressed his dissatisfaction with us by standing in the corner until he cooled off. However, what he did shows clearly that the way we react to a broken relationship is woven deep into our being. Like Adam, we adults sometimes will not even look at each other when we have torn a relationship. Today we will consider how two brothers got past the long-standing tear in their relationship and were reconciled to each other. It will not surprise us to learn that forgiveness played a critical role.