FAITH IS FLEXIBILITY

1. Flexibility is Surrender

Isaiah 55:8-9  “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord.  “And My ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.  9) For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so My ways are higher than your ways and My thoughts    higher than your thoughts.

2. Flexibility is Forbearance

Colossians 3:12-15  Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  13) Forbear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone.  Forgive as the Lord forgave you.  14) And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.  15) Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace.  And be thankful.

3. Flexibility is Grace

Luke 6:36-38  You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate.  37) “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged.  Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you.  Forgive others, and you will be forgiven.  38) Give, and you will receive.  Your gift will return to you in full - pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap.  The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7  Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud5) or rude.  It does not demand its own way.  It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.  6) It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.  7) Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

4. Flexibility is Humility

James 4:6-7  He gives grace generously.  As the Scriptures say, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”7) So humble yourselves before God.  Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

5. Flexibility is Unselfishness

Romans 12:3Because of the privilege and authority[a] God    has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you    are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given     us