But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness,
goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no
law. Galatians 5:22-23
Ahh, Patience... this is something that I really have struggled with for a long time. Being the oldest of five can sometimes bring out of me those attitudes that are less than patient...
I was thinking about a verse I read this morning saying we must act like Christ (paraphrased), and at the same time I was remembering that I had to write this post on patience. I know that if patience is one of the fruit, then it must be important but as I was thinking on it, I realized that Jesus had sooo much patience with so many people.
Take, for instance, when Thomas doubted Him. He didn’t tell him “Believe!” or something like that (He certainly could have), but instead, He patiently answered all of His questions and showed Him His scars. Also, I’m sure as Jesus was teaching, there were those people who we’ve all seen that don’t pay attention or just simply don’t obey what’s taught to them. In no place of the Bible do we read that He got angry at the people for not listening/obeying. Instead, he was patient with them as He taught.
Here’s another example: So many times we mess up and disobey God, yet, He still is patient with us and doesn’t abandon us. He is patient when we make wrong choices or are trying to fix our relationship with Him. He could force us to spend time with him or even punish us if we simply didn’t have the desire to, but instead, He chose to give us a free will and patiently wait for us to come to Him. He is a patient Father. I know my father is really patient with me in a lot of things, and when I think that God’s patience is bigger and greater then my father’s ever can be, I’m completely awed... and it makes me want to practice patience with my siblings. :)
Patience is a virtue that is so important to learn and put into practice early in life. It’s something that we’ll need our entire lives. Think of it, now we need it with our siblings, friends, and even parents. In the future, we’ll need it with our boss, spouse, children, friends and authority. It’s something that we truly have an opportunity to practice every day. I really have seen God work in my life in the area of patience lately. In the past few months, I’ve been more conscious and strived to work in that area and by the grace of God, I’ve gotten a lot better (but I still could use some work ;) ).
In what ways have you practiced patience and do you have any suggestions how to get better at it? I'd really love to hear your thoughts and try to put them into practice! :)