The Power of Patience

September 25, 2008

Our daily bread from RBC

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. (Galatians 5:22-24)

We’ve all heard the prayer: “Lord, make me more patient—and do it now!”

Why is it that patience evaporates when we are late for a critical engagement and are caught in a traffic jam? Or we rush to the “10 items or less” line at the store, only to find someone in front of us with 16 items!

Being forced to wait ratchets up the stress and shortens our fuse. When that happens, we not only fail to be patient but we undercut the Spirit’s work in our lives.

Patience is not just a virtue, it’s a fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22)—which means that demonstrations of impatience reveal the sour fruit of our fallen hearts rather than the sweetness of Jesus in our lives. Since God is a patient God, when we abandon patience we miss the opportunity to show our world the glory of God through our lives.

Bursts of impatience only demonstrate that we are more concerned with our own agendas than the needs and struggles of others. So let’s all take a deep breath and turn our focus away from ourselves by patiently loving others instead of ourselves in the midst of stress.


2 Responses to “The Power of Patience”

  1. Xian Says:

    “Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.” Hebrews 10:36

    San, that’s a good one about patience. Indeed, life is mostly about waiting. According to Joyce Meyer, “Patience is not the ability to wait, it is the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting”. For everything, God knows the exact time that is right, and none of our impatience is going to rush Him. The Bible promises us that He will never be late, but He is usually not early either. It seems that He takes every available opportunity to develop the fruit of patience in us :)In short, patience is a fruit of the Spirit that grows under trial.

  2. hooisanlai Says:

    Xian, you are absolutely right 🙂 I am glad you think this way as well. I believe Joyce Meyer has given you a lot of encouragement and hope while waiting patiently upon God’s richest rewards!! Continue to grow in His mighty name 🙂

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