Patience is a Virtue
A Life Lesson I’m Still Working On
by Joanne Troppello
“Patience is the companion of wisdom.” – St. Augustine
Patience is definitely not one of my virtues. I have tried to work on developing patience through the years. Once when I was younger, I even prayed for patience. Not a good idea, especially if you don’t want to deal with all the obstacles that will likely follow once you pray that prayer.
“Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.” – Samuel Johnson
I agree with both of those quotes. Patience and wisdom go hand in hand. You can accomplish great things when you put in the time and effort—and are patient.
What Does God Say About Patience?
As I mentioned in the subtitle and my introduction, patience is still a life lesson I am working on. However, I can say that my patience has grown significantly now that I’m in my forties compared to when I was in my twenties. I’m sure it will continue to grow, especially as I allow God to work in my life.
Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. – Romans 12:9-15 (NKJV)
This passage from Romans chapter twelve explains how to behave like a Christian. After reading through this passage, it can seem overwhelming – like you or I could never achieve this behavior. Yet, that’s where the Holy Spirit comes in and convicts us. Of course, He is a gentleman and never forces His will upon us. That’s where we need to make that decision to turn back to the Lord and continue to work on growing as a Christian and maturing spiritually.
The phrase rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer in verse 12, sums up this passage so well. Of course, you need to always live in love as mentioned in verse 9. Yet, your Christian walk is all about patience.
You need to have patience to continually grow in the Lord. You must have patience as you wait for God to answer prayer—whether the answer is yes, no, or you have to wait. It’s vital to have patience with other people who are not always walking in love and some who have not yet received God’s gift of salvation, can be cruel. You need to patiently persevere through life until the day you’ll be in Heaven.
Patience is definitely a virtue that I want to strive for. However, I’m still not going to pray anymore for God to give me patience!
Are you a patient person?
About the Author
Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel. Connect with Joanne on Twitter. You can find Joanne on these social media channels—Twitter, Facebook, Parler, Spreely, and Clouthub—with the same username, @JoanneTroppello—and @joannetroppello.mseedsentinel on Instagram. Visit the Mustard Seed Sentinel YouTube Channel. Check out MSS Live Well Corner.