“But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” (Galatians 5:22-23 ESV)
Do you find your patience tested in some way nearly every day? I think there is one thing to keep in mind as we go through a hectic day; the one who benefits the most from our patience is us! When everything is going our way patience is easy to demonstrate; but sometimes we have to experience annoying events and difficulties to help us grow and strengthen our character. Perseverance and patience are two essential qualities that help spiritual people deal with adverse circumstances.
“May you be strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might for all endurance and patience with joy.” (Colossians 1:11 ESV)
God tells us the story of Job as a reminder that it is necessary to have patience, and to worship God with complete submission. Throughout his ordeal, Job remained devoted to God. Job turned to God for comfort and accepted his burdens with total faith and trust. God rewarded and restored Job’s health, family, and wealth abundantly because of his devoted love and patience. Patience reveals a depth of strong character, and even though we all go through hard times, I believe that God uses life's difficulties to test our total submission of faith and trust. He provides us with a different strength in our weakness, and the wisdom to overcome doubt and despair.
“We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next.” (Romans 5:3-4 MSG)
I find my patience is tested in some way every day when things don't go just the way I planned, and I can either learn and grow, or I can turn my back, give up and end up full of bitterness and anxiety. Our patience is developed and strengthened by resting in God’s perfect timing and trusting Him to provide us with the strength that we need moment by moment, rather than wasting our energy by indulging in impatient behavior. We can handle whatever this day may bring by responding with patience and complete trust in God’s power and purpose. The troubles and disappointments that test our patience will soon seem trivial and insignificant if we just move on past them, step forward, and lift our eyes up.
“You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.” James 1:3-4 MSG)
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