By Georgia (Jo) Kent
“And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness Love.” 2 Peter 1:5-7
AAH… Patience. If you were to ask me the top things I struggle with in my life, patience would definitely rank at the top. I am not sure why, but I definitely struggle with patience. Patience is one of those attributes that you cannot learn by reading about it in a book. It’s a quality that can only be acquired by persistent enduring. It is a form of peace, the very result we so often seek but struggle to find. When we are patient, we are still, we are at rest. Patience is a virtue, a gift we give ourselves. There is no limit to patience and it costs nothing. It has nothing to do with the physical body; it is purely a state of mind.
“For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.” Romans 15:4
It is very difficult to truly and honestly serve God faithfully and obediently without being a patient person who is willing to wait for the right thing at the right time. We often make many wrong decisions without patiently waiting for God’s answer that results in a bigger mess then when we started.
Our frustrations in life can give us a glimpse into our relationship with God. The Holy Spirit shows us what an important element in the christian life and character patience is. The waiting is to teach us our absolute dependence upon God’s mighty working in our lives. Being patient is a consistent faithful service to God. Learn how to hone your patience and witness the perfect harmony and balance of patience in your life that God has planned for you.
“We also pray that you will be strengthened with his glorious power so that you will have all the patience and endurance you need. May you be filled with joy.” Colossians 1:11