Special Wisdom And Empowerment Series
“Don’t be afraid of going slowly. Only be afraid of standing still” – Anonymous
One of life’s lost virtues is Patience. The basic definition of patience is “waiting without complaint”.
We’re all familiar with that cliché “Patience is a virtue” and many of us know that patience is listed by Paul in Galatians 5:22-23 as among the fruit of the Spirit. So there’s no disputing that the Christian ought to be patient.
But as with most of the virtues, the biblical writers assume that we know what patience is and don’t give an explicit definition. But do we?
Could you define patience if you were asked? And, to make things more tricky, could you do so without simply citing examples of patience?
Jesus was very patient with his disciples. They were sometimes thickheaded, lazy, selfish, and slow to believe. To say that was uncomfortable for Jesus would be an understatement.
Yet we never find him railing at his disciples over their foolishness and stupidity or making fun of them when they make mistakes.
Jesus’ refusal to complain about his irritating disciples can be described as an exercise of self-control.
Every one who aspires to much must emulate Jesus, the God Incarnate who has gone through the route of human frustration just to show us an example of genuine patience.
“Patience is a virtue”.
“We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.”
Lord I rebuke every hastiness of spirit and carnal agitation within me. I command my mind to be calm in the love of God and my spirit revived in hope until I see your plan fully fulfilled in my life. Amen.