Well, ya’ll, today is Thursday and that means I am praying for patience to be manifested in my life and the lives of the people on my lists. Yes, really. So I thought I would write a bit about being patience, but it was taking too long for the words to flow so I changed my mind!
No, I’m just joking. I spent a bit of time this morning looking in the Bible to see what God has to say about patience (also called longsuffering, perseverance, steadfastness, or endurance in some verses), since He is the ultimate example of patience.
Before I get going here are a few definitions for some of those words:
Patience – the quality of forbearance and self-control which shows itself in a willingness to wait without getting riled up
Perseverance – steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success
Endurance -The ability to continue doing something for a long time
In this day of sooo much instant gratification many people are not developing the ‘patience muscle’. We are like the mother who prayed, “Lord, please, give me patience and give it to me now”.
However, by its very nature, patience is not to be gained instantly. This fruit of the Spirit is like all fruit, it takes time to grow and develop. And just like in the garden there is usually some pruning to be done during the growing process if you want really good fruit.
Some things to prune from your live may include:
- Making snap decisions and snappy comments
- Being first
- Having your own way all the time
- Trying to do too many things at one time
- Lack of commitment /involvement with other people
Learning to be patience is a process that takes work and practice, but it is well worth the effort if you want to be successful in this life. It takes patience to reach goals, have sound relationships and be fruitful for the Lord.
I challenge you to make being patient a goal today. Pray and ask God to help you be deliberate about practicing patience throughout your day.
Here are a few tips for doing that:
- Slow down and think about the things you do, don’t just rush through your life
- Count your blessings while waiting in line at the store or traffic light
- Meditate on the word of God when you get anxious or stressed while waiting and waiting and waiting
- Think and then don’t react to something that rude person says to you
- Spend some time with a child (that’ll give you some patience practice!)
- Don’t reach for that second helping of dessert or buy another new shirt that you don’t really need, put some limits on the instant gratification reflex.
Finally, some verses about the benefits of patience and enduring (underlining mine).
But the ones that fell on good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience. Luke 8:15
Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another, not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in trials, continuing steadfastly in prayer, Romans 12:10-12
Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like minded toward one another, according to Jesus Christ, Romans 15:5
The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering (patient) toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9
Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. Rev. 14:12
And if you find yourself needing help while practicing patience just remember….
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13
March forth today knowing that I am praying for you to patiently endure difficulties and show God’s grace and mercy to those you encounter as you go out to…
Be a blessing,