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Patience

“And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.” Hebrews 6:15.

Of all the necessary things in life, patience is probably the one that we most frequently lose. Whether it’s with the guy that cut us off in traffic, a husband, who for the thousandth time didn’t return the toilet seat to the proper position, or with children for, well, being children, it seems that there’s quite literally a myriad of opportunities for our patience to be missing in action. And with its absence there inevitably appears irritation, anger, impatience, annoyance, frustration, righteous indignation, and a host of other emotional cousins. But it really doesn’t matter what we call our response, the fact is that whatever it is we’re emoting, it’s not the spiritual fruit of patience.

And just to be clear, being calm about things you don’t care about doesn’t count. That’s not patience it’s ambivalence which isn’t the same thing at all.  And you see, patience has other names as well. Sometimes the Bible calls it endurance, sometimes perseverance, and sometimes, my personal favorite synonym, long suffering. But it basically comes down to this, patience is being able to maintain our moral integrity, our spiritual values, and all the other spiritual fruit in the face of provocation to do otherwise.

How do we do that?  It’s simple really. Patience is part of the fruit of the Spirit. So let Jesus, through the Spirit, have control of your life. Give him your absolute trust, and regardless of what comes to pass, believe that he has everything under control. I know, that’s easier said than done. But listen, in Psalm 40:1, David said, “I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined to me, and heard my cry.”  Friend, when you call God hears and with God all things are possible.

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