What is patience? Patience is defined as the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset. It is to bear an annoyance without complaint, and to suppress restlessness when forced to wait. A patient person is quiet, even-tempered, and diligent with a steady perseverance.
“For you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.” James 1:3
A patient person is one that is strong and cunning, so we must not be fooled by their still and subdued demeanor. It is in fact, a biblical representation of holy strength.
Many of us (regardless of our cultural or religious background) know that the virtue of patience is one that is not only hard to acquire, but incredibly valuable. And I am learning this. As funny as it may sound to many of you (who perhaps have already arrived to this conclusion based on the stories I share about my walk in Christ), I have finally reached the point to where I now realize that I am a pretty impatient person. I want things NOW, while He wants them later.
“But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.” Romans 8:25
Of course, I’d much rather say that I am patient (because it sounds better). But, the truth is, I’m not. And I’m not just speaking in regards to the Atlanta traffic jams that I bustle through around 5pm, or the desire to get as much done in the shortest time possible (which I coin with the term efficiency). But, I’m rather speaking on the ways to which I eagerly await (often in frustration) for the timing of God to work in my life. And in all honesty, it’s hurting our relationship and stunting my spiritual growth.
“Be not quick in your spirit to become angry, for anger lodges in the bosom of fools.” Ecclesiastes 7:9
“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” Romans 12:12
This week, I’ll be sharing some stories that may cause you to shake your head in disbelief or perhaps even cry. But, more so I want to challenge you to take a deeper look into the depths of your own hearts (through the revelation of the Holy Spirit). Patience (which is defined as love and one of the fruits of the Spirit) is one virtue that I am wholeheartedly committed to grow in through the grace of Jesus Christ. May our hearts be encouraged this week and may He alone be glorified.
“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant.” 1 Corinthians 13:4
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23
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