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Patience is a Virtue

I am sure we have all heard the saying, “Patience is a virtue” several times before, but do we really know what it means? Well firstly, a virtue is a quality that is morally good, it is a trait that is desirable and admirable. Patience is more than just being able to wait, it is the ability to endure a troubling, long-lasting situation all while wanting this period of time to pass. Patience is forbearance and self-restraint. Having patience means having self-control. It may seem like I’m formulating a list of synonyms for you, but I am really trying to get us to see what the Bible says about all thingsーand their opposites.

Galatians 5:22 (AMP): “But the fruit of the Spirit [the result of His presence within us] is love [unselfish concern for others], joy, [inner] peace, patience [not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting], kindness, goodness, faithfulness,”

I love this version because of what it says after patience [not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting]. Are you someone who waits impatiently, constantly complaining about the situation over and over and over again? The Bible tells us to bear fruit as a result of living by the Spirit. Wait patiently for the Lord to reveal Himself to you. Wait patiently for the Lord to tell you why you have been suffering for 3 months on end. Wait patiently for your blessing. Why, because “The Lord is good to those who wait for Him...” Lamentations 3:25.

When we are able to be patient and exhibit self-control, we are living out our faith and walking by it. Our faith is what will strengthen us and shape us into people who are able to wait on the Lord because we know that there is something in store for us if we would just...wait. Patience is being able to endure without complaint and faith is the confidence that God is working even though we cannot see it. Jesus is our prime example of what it means to be patient in our suffering and with people. When Jesus was being hung on the cross and having His clothes divided amongst the soldiers, Jesus asked God to forgive them because they knew not what they were doing (Luke 23:33-34). He had every right to be upset, frustrated, complain, and be angry; yet in His circumstance He prayed for them. When we are able to remain patient, we don’t think rashly. When we are able to remain patient, God blesses us



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