Patience…not one of my strongest suits but only through the grace of God have I gotten better at and continue to get better at it. So what is patience? Let’s look at the definition of the word. Patience: the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset. So why is it so hard to be patient? I have a couple of thoughts on why it is.
Society – Most of the time when I catch myself losing my cool or getting irritated, it is due to the fact that I am being impatient about something or I am upset because the results aren’t turning out in my favor or “my way.” That’s when I notice the “world” pulling me in. As Christians, even though we are in this world, we are not meant for it. John 15:19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. The world wants to tell you that it is ok to do what you want and when you want to and that it’s nobodys business but my own! The world is wrong. What I do doesn’t just impact me, it impacts those around me, which leads to my next thought.
Lack of Discipline – I am an overweight man. I struggle daily with my carb intake and I like sweets. I know that if I have that donut or that ice cream, it is only going to bring me pleasure momentarily. It is a feeling of gratification not accomplishment. When I give in to my wants, it doesn’t last and leaves me wanting more and more and more. When I don’t give in and I discipline myself, it might bother me at first but I know deep inside, that I’ve accomplished a goal of being able to say “NO!” Hebrews 12:11 For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
When I look at the crucifix, that is where I see patience. Jesus took on his passion and did so without getting angry or upset. He did so because he loves us. 1 Corrinthians 13:4-8 Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.Love never ends. Let’s go out today and everyday and strive to be patient and love one another. God bless.