As inhabitants of this instant-now-please world we live in, we could all use an overabundance of this seed from the Holy Spirit’s fruit.
Can you identify one area of your life in which you’re not impatient?
If you can, God bless you, and keep up the good work!
For the rest of us, we could use patience in different facets of our lives.
1. Be patient with others.
It can be trying when you must wait on someone else. We like to be in control; that way, we know “it” is done. But the Bible cautions us in Ephesians 4:2, “…be patient, bearing with one another in love.”
I am not saying it will be easy, but remember, the fruit from which this seed springs forth is produced by the Holy Spirit’s indwelling in you. Conclusion: you won’t be able to do this on your own.
Then there are our families. We love them, right? Shouldn’t we then be extra patient with them?
Yes. That includes our children and spouses who can annoy us or get on our nerves from time to time.
After all, God is never impatient with us even when He has good cause to be.
Now as parents, we can be so desperate for our children to turn out right that we fail to develop a God-like relationship with them – loving and patient. Instead of dishing out dictatorial discipline which serves only to disconnect us, let us pray for them and correct in love. Consider how God deals with us. And remember, He is working on them as surely as He is working on us. God promises us in Isaiah 49:25, “…For I will fight those who fight you, and I will save your children.”
2. Be patient for your promotion.
Psalm 37:7 admonishes us, “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways…”
It can seem like everyone is moving up or moving on and you’re stuck at a standstill. But, I encourage you to wait patiently.
It is not easy, especially when you feel that God has given you a dream; but if He gave it to you, He will work out the right time and create just the right circumstances for you to fulfill it. So be patient.
To those of you who feel that you’ve had enough, God sees and He knows. In His time, He will make a path for your exit. Meanwhile, consider what lessons you could learn from this experience as you patiently wait.
3. Be patient in your praying!
Lamentations 3:25-26 says, ‘The Lord is good to everyone who trusts in Him, so it is best for us to wait on Him in patience.”
Often we pray for something, and we expect to get it immediately! But sometimes the answer is “not right now”.
His timing is different to ours; so in the meantime…don’t despair, wait patiently and keep praying.
Isaiah 40:31 describes what awaits those who wait – renewed strength, endurance and the ability to soar.
What perfect prizes for being patient!
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