Is Patience One of Your Virtues?
It’s Not One of Mine but God is Working on that in Me
by J.M. Troppello
I am not a patient person. Although, I can attest to the fact that God has done a great work in my life regarding becoming more patient. Through the years, I have learned how to become patient and trust that God has a perfect timing for all that He is doing in my life.
“Patience is not indifference. Patience conveys the idea of an immensely strong rock withstanding all onslaughts. The vision of God is the source of patience, because it imparts a moral inspiration. A man with the vision of God is not devoted to a cause or to any particular issue. He is devoted to God Himself.” – Oswald Chambers
This is a very thought-provoking quote from Oswald Chambers that I read today. I love how he wrote that patience is like an immensely strong rock withstanding all onslaughts. I know – in myself and my own strength – that I cannot be that ‘immensely strong rock’ that can handle all the obstacles that come my way each day. In my own strength, I can’t wait for God to move on my behalf.
Yet, I have come to realize that the source of my patience is found in God and in learning how to rest in Him. I love how Chambers wrote that the vision of God is the source of patience. It took me a moment to fully digest what Chambers meant. I first thought, what is the ‘vision of God.’ Chambers wrote that the man who has this vision of God is devoted to God Himself.
I definitely marinated on that quote for a while today.
Patience is Controlling Your Spirit
32 He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, And he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city. (Proverbs 16:32, NKJV)
I love this verse from Proverbs 16:32. I memorized it a long time ago. It definitely helped me through a difficult time when I was learning how to become more emotionally and spiritually mature—when dealing with my anger issues. I needed patience to go through the long process of learning how to resolve my anger issues in a godly way and not react negatively to people and situations. This verse in Proverbs relates patience to the behavior of a soldier. It’s better to learn how to rule your own spirit than to do great exploits like conquering a city.
Patience is Showing Kindness
4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not [a]puffed up; (I Cor. 13:4, NKJV)
God used various relationships in my life to help me develop more patience. I had to learn the hard way that not every relationship will be smooth sailing at every moment. God helped me develop patience as I worked through my issues – and my husband worked through his – during our 18-year marriage.
Patience is Waiting in Hope
7 Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. 8 You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord [a]is at hand. (James 5:7-8, NKJV)
This is a great passage from James about being patient and persevering. You can read the full passage in James 5:7-12. Life is not going to be all rosy all the time. And that’s okay. It took me time to develop patience in this area as well—as I learned that God had a plan for my growth in all situations I experienced. If I resisted the challenge for growth, that didn’t serve me well. However, in those times when I submitted to God’s molding hand, I learned so much from those situations. The best part of learning about patience is that God cultivated such a hope in my heart—knowing that He will help me through this life and one day I will be with Him in Heaven.
Is patience one of your virtues? Has God done a work in your life regarding patience?
Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.
About the Author
J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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