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HOW IS YOUR PATIENCE?


 
 


1 Corinthians 13:4b


Love is patient, love is kind.

 

HOW IS YOUR PATIENCE?

 

I don’t know about you, but I struggle with patience. I want things done right now and if something takes time to complete, I get impatient. Pinwheels on my phone or computer frustrate me.


Patience is something that many of us have trouble with. From driving on the Expressway and coming to a long line of traffic at Howard or Dougall, and knowing you’re going to be late for that appointment. Then you arrive at METRO to pick up a few things, but have to wait in a long queue at the check-out. We become annoyed and irritated at delays like this. We get worked up—we become very impatient.


Impatience seems to be a national characteristic. It is as if we are continually being groomed toward demanding things our way in our time. We live on fast food, we have come to expect same day or at the worst next day delivery, we have information available at our fingertips with lightning speed. Not exactly a recipe for developing patience.


Patience: 1. enduring pain, trouble, etc., without complaining. 2. calmly tolerating delay, confusion, etc. 3. diligent; persevering
Webster’s New World Dictionary


Then the Bible says stuff like:


Ecclesiastes 7:8


“The end of a matter is better than its beginning; a patient spirit is better than a proud spirit.”


Galatians 5:22-23


The Fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, PATIENCE, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.


“Patience,” which is often translated in the New Testament as meaning suffering, enduring, or waiting.


And what happens when we do not get what we want when we want it? Or when people do not move at our pace in our time? Well, let us just say it is the opposite of kindness. Agree?


Patience says, “I’m going to adjust my speed and pace rather than expecting you to adjust to mine.” Kindness says, “I’m putting your needs before mine.” That is love expressed in the simplest of ways. Simple maybe, but certainly not easy.


How is your Patience?


If you struggle with patience, challenge yourself to allow God’s repairing work in your life in this area. This is an ongoing process, but one that can effectively reflect God’s love in your life.


Writer Chris Witts says that “every time you and I lose our patience we’re saying in effect, I’m in control and God’s not!


I wonder if the most important step we can take to develop patience is to yield to God and allow him to “reign in us” and to guide our life toward maturity in love.


 

God, today I am so thankful that you are a God of Patience. I am so grateful that you do not treat us with impatience, the way we at times treat others, but that you shower us with Love and Kindness. God would you lead us by your love, and Holy Spirit, toward being examples of your love, patience and kindness to others. Amen

 

TAKE AWAY


As you go about your day, do so with an awareness of your tendency toward impatience. When you feel that familiar frustration, take a deep breath and pray for the strength to love with patience and to express kindness.


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