Patience in Suffering
7. Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. 8. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. 9. Don’t grumble against one another, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door!
10. Brothers and sisters, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 11. As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.
12. Above all, my brothers and sisters, do not swear—not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. All you need to say is a simple “Yes” or “No.” Otherwise you will be condemned.
“It’s been a long, long time coming, but I know change gonna come.”
Change takes a very long time. You can’t force it. It requires people to want to change; not simply your own will to see change come.
It takes truth and action, no matter how painful, and those seeking change can’t afford to lie to others or deceive themselves in any way.
The swearing of oaths (of fealty, loyalty, and performance) is pointless, because there’s no other option: either we are going to do what we have to do to change or we’re not.
Patience, truth and perseverance. To accomplish this is to honor God and ourselves.
Change gonna come!
The New Testament view is that every word is spoken in the presence of God and ought therefore to be true, and it would agree that Christians must be known to be men and women of such honor that it will be quite unnecessary ever to put them on oath.
Barclay, William (2010-11-05). The Letters of James and Peter (New Daily Study Bible) (p. 147). Westminster John Knox Press. Kindle Edition.