Be careful what you ask for…you may just get it.
Ask for patience and you won’t be instantly transformed into a patient person, no, you’ll be given opportunities to grow your patience. Opportunities for the transformation of our minds into better working machines will abound. Learning patience isn’t easy, it isn’t supposed to be. Patience is suffering – long suffering. Thank God that he’s given us the tools needed to overcome our impatience…his word and his spirit. But these only work if we’re willing to do our part: make the choice to be patient and work with the Holy Spirit to change.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness
Galatians 5:22 (NIV)
Today’s culture doesn’t encourage a patient attitude, only that we pursue, pursue, pursue relentlessly. It says “don’t wait for anything”. We live in a drive-through culture availing ourselves to only the quickest way to the life we only think we want. But our impatience only prevents us from enjoying the present moment by trying to get what we want so in the end you don’t enjoy where you’re at.
Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.
Colossians 3:12-13 (NLT)
Don’t wait to feel patient, choose to be patient. Patience is the ability to control ourselves and to temper our short fuses. It’s being calm in the storm. Its being satisfied with what we have and where we are while were waiting for change.
Patience builds character:
Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
James 1:4 (NIV)
…we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that
suffering produces perseverance;
and character, hope.
Romans 5:3-5 (NIV)
God is our example of unbelievable patience. Throughout the Old Testament – for decades, even centuries, God held back his wrath against Israel, waiting patiently for their turning back.
The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.
2 Peter 3:9 (NLT)
A Prayer for Patience
Lord, help me to have grace in the wait.
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Introduction to Attitudes