“preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.” 2 Timothy 4:2
It’s only been 7 days since I began studying patience in the Bible and writing about this virtue. I have come a long way. I think before I react to anything now. I know this is a gift of the Holy Spirit. My life has improved so much I can’t even begin to express the difference this is making. Now I think, ‘if I am patient with this (whatever this happens to be), I will be pleasing to God’. My relationship with God gets better and better.
“Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?” Romans 2:4
My thought is this, try patience. You won’t believe the difference being patient can make in your life until you experience it. Patience isn’t beyond our reach. There is no excuse for being impatient, it isn’t a handicap for which there is no cure. With the Holy Spirit the gift of patience can be attained.
“Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.” James 5:7-8
I chose this quote because as we prepare for the birth of the Lord Jesus at Christmas, searching for that one of a kind gift, putting together the perfect bicycle or 20 piece toy, taking care of finicky pesky little details, are all a real part of the season. Doing these loving tasks with patience will make the gifts even better!
“May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy,” Colossians 1:11
“As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience” Luke 8:15
The seed, root and tree are God. We work at fertilizing the soil, through prayer and following Jesus as best we can and let Him do the rest.
Have you ever noticed a person cracking their gum, chewing it so it pops loudly. When my Mom was alive she had the habit of cracking chewing gum and it would unnerve me. Now whenever I hear the sound it’s a gift from the Holy Spirit. A reminder of God’s special gift to me, my Mom. She loved God with her whole heart and soul.The sound slows me down and floods me with peace and patience. It seems to happen when I most need to be patient, often in a pushing, shoving, unruly, impatient crowd, then I hear the snap. Thank you God.
Father, through Jesus I pray I will always follow the example You gave me through my mothers faithful devotion to You.