Today, we will be breaking down the fruit of the Spirit: PATIENCE. The following definitions come from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. The Scripture version are from the English Standard Version (ESV) Bible.
Patience is not a virtue that most people are born with but perfected through maturity. We live in a world that demands immediate results. This kind of thinking is called the “microwave mentality.” If we want something now, we purchase it and think about the consequences later. The word patient is defined as able to remain calm and not become annoyed when waiting for a long time or when dealing with problems or difficult people. Another definition of patience is waiting over a long period of time without hurrying. Romans 8:25 says, “if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.”
Psalm 37:7-9 comforts us by saying, “be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in His way, over the man who carries out evil devices! Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil. For the evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land.” God rewards us as we patiently wait for Him to work in our lives.
Do you get impatient easily when something is not going your way or just having to wait too long for answers. In life, we all expected to wait on something — in line at a store, stopped traffic on the road, delayed answered prayers from God, and so forth. How do you spend that time while waiting? Do you grumble and get irritated the longer you wait? Or do you try to find something positive in that situation? I am guilty of being impatient and then regretting my negative thoughts afterwards. If you wait with a good attitude, God honors you. The next time you may feel anxious and impatient, remember what God said: “Be sill before the Lord and wait patiently for Him”