Ephesians 4:2, Proverbs 16:32, James 1:12, Romans 15:5
There’s one part of my life that I know I need to work on - my patience. I think our world has spoiled me; if I need something, I can either hop in the car and go buy it, or I can order it on Amazon and boom - it’s here! So in those situations where there are delays, I find myself getting irritated and stressed, and I usually take out that frustration on others.
Waiting for something or someone to show up? My patience is stretched thin. Need to get an answer on a question from a company or person? Why haven’t they answered me yet?! Waiting in line to be served while someone is asking endless questions? Infuriating! Even waiting at a red light can be a stressor!
The Bible is full of reminders that patience is indeed a virtue. In Galatians 5:22, it’s listed as one of the Fruits of the Spirit. Likewise, in Colossians 3:12 patience is in a list of virtues that God’s holy people are to clothe themselves in. God wants us to be patient in every situation, and not let our impatience cause us to act rashly.
So here are just a few of those biblical reminders to keep in mind the next time we feel like things just aren’t moving fast enough:
“Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.”
“Better to be patient than powerful; better to have self-control than to conquer a city.”
“God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.”
“May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus.”
Have a great weekend!