Fruit of the Spirit: Patience

When hard times head our way, it’s hard to be patient with God. We feel like we are constantly waiting for a miracle to happen to make the situation all better. The Lord always has patience with us though, even when we deserve it the least. We mess up all the time. God doesn’t get frustrated though. He waits patiently for us to do good.

“I waited patiently for the Lord;  he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him.” (Psalm 40:1-4)

What do you think could happen if we always looked to the Lord when we are down in a slimy pit? What if we waited patiently for Him to turn our messy lives around? We’d be so much happier with ourselves and Him. Patience is easier said than done. When something hits you hard, it’s not easy to get right back up on your feet again. However, if you allow Him to, the Lord will make you stronger than ever before.

As a good friend of mine always says, “time will take care of everything”. We have to give the Lord time to transform us. He gives us all the time in the world to make up for our mistakes. By giving others our patience, we are spreading the Fruit of the Spirit. It’s only fair that we have patience with others as others have patience for us. Think about the different people in your life that have seen you at your worst. Did they have patience with you? The Lord sees all of our imperfections and still is abundant with patience for us.

The Lord has a divine plan for each and every one of us. Everything that happens in your life happens for a reason. If something upsets you, God may be trying to teach you something. In every circumstance, whatever happens is for a reason. The best thing to do in times of despair or hopelessness is to have patience with the Lord. For one day, He will make something good out of the bad.

“But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.” (Romans 8:25)

 

 

 

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