“Love endures with patience and serenity” 1 Corinthians 13:4 AMP
What do Moses, David, Peter and Paul (just to name a few) all have in common? They were flawed, they were fallible and just like us they were all in need of the never ending patience of a loving God. To many being patient is simply not flipping out when your order at starbucks takes longer than 12minutes or its being grateful for the outdated stack of magazines in the waiting room area of your doctor’s office, but the truth is being patient is a far greater task than that. To be patient is to be able to accept or tolerate delays, problems, or suffering without becoming annoyed or anxious. Its sticking with it despite the discomfort, disappointment and unpleasantries and coming out on the other end.
1. There is provision for patience
“But they that wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31 KJV
It is not easy to become patient. Its a conscious effort that goes against the outcry of an entire culture that is built around the notion: everything quick, everything fast and everything now! But, as the word says in Isaiah 40:31, as we continue to wait on him he will renew our strength and empower us that we will have the endurance to overcome. We are encouraged that “The Lord is good to those who wait for him,” Lamentation 3:25 ESV
2. Patience is perfected through trials
“For you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1:3-4 ESV
While God gives us the muscle (strength) to be patient, trials are the gym to which he sends us to develop those biceps and triceps. It can be especially difficult to exercise patience when you feel that you’ve waited forever for that job, that spouse, that healing, or that opportunity and you just don’t see any sign of it coming to pass. In these moments we are challenged to trust, hope and endure in new ways while developing new areas of our character. When we exercise patience whether its patience for others, patience during a trial or its patience applied towards a particular task or circumstance
a seed is planted within us that begins to produce fruit in our lives. For example we find that as we begin to
become patient with others we learn how to become better friends, stronger leaders; we experience an increase of sensitivity and awareness of feelings and thoughts of others. When we are patient during various circumstances we are able to be still, slow down and absorb new skills, learn valuable lessons and reap a harvest that will benefit us and others along the way and in the future. this why we are encouraged in Galatians 6 to “not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”
3. Patience doesn’t put out it puts up
“So Jacob served seven years to get Rachel, but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her.” Genesis 29:20 ESV
When love is put in the proper perspective patience and endurance become easier tasks if they are ever even a thought at all. When you are patient from a place of love you will go further, wait longer and do more for others. We understand that it is Gods love and patience with us in our own lives that has bore with us to deliverance, growth and victory. Knowing this we are more inclined to bear with others as we ought to as in 1 Thessalonians 5:14 “And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.” The Message Bible simply puts it this way “Love never gives up.” (1 Cor 13:4) Not on others, not on self, and not on God. No matter how long it takes patience isn’t in a hurry, patience isn’t irritated with the process, it holds on, gleans from, and recognizes that all things work together on Gods time.
1.Have you ever felt your patience being tried and tested? If so, how were you tested and what was your response?
2. Looking back on that particular situation and knowing what you know today, what would you have done differently or the same?
3. How can you better deal with challenging circumstance, people or situations with love and patience today?