Patience is one of the fruits of the Spirit that is hard to find in the life of Christians nowadays.
In today’s fast paced world, where technology has made things faster and easier, the need for instant gratification and reward is rampant even among believers. When we don’t get what we desire fast, we begin to complain and nag about it, without being patient or tolerant.
The Bible commands us to be patient in all things. 1Thessalonians 5:14, 2 Tim 2:24-25, Eph 4:1-3 Col 3:12.
Patience is pivotal for anyone who wants to live a life pleasing to God. I am personally going through a journey of patience, that is why I am writing this post to share with you what I have learnt.
Patience is required whenever there is tribulation or trial. Patience is may be optional, but for the Christian willing to please God all the days of his life, patience is the right choice. When tribulation and trials come, we need to be patient. We need to trust that God is able and willing to bring us out of that tribulation and trial. The Bible says in James 1:2-4 (AMP);
“Consider it wholly joyful, my brethren, whenever you are enveloped in or encounter trials of any sort or fall into various temptations.
Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience.
But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing.”
Our attitude when facing trial is what Apostle James at first corrects. We need to be joyful when facing challenges, and not sad or down-casted. Our attitude towards trial must change if we are to come out of it victorious.
In verse 3, he goes on to say that the proving of our faith brings out patience. It is as though we need to go through trial to prove our faith in God. When we prove our faith, the fruits and outcome of this produces patience that develops till we reach the standard of the measure of Christ.
In the Bible we can see different occasions where people faced adversity, and we can see the choices they made. The Israelites when passing through the wilderness, grumbled and complained when they had no water. Exodus 15:24. Job worshipped God in his unfortunate adversity. Job 1:2. David cried unto to God for help when he was hard pressed Psalms 18:6.
Today, the heavens are recording your own story as well. They are engraving your actions as you face difficulties and trials. They take note of the words you speak and your diverse actions when trials come your way. Are you going to prove your faith in God? Are you going to have patience and persevere? Are you going to trust wholly in God? Think on these things today and make the right decision.
God bless you for reading. Kindly share with your family and friends and bless them too.