The Power of Patience

“Love is patient and kind” (1 Cor. 13:4a).

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience” (Gal. 5:22a).

Patience isn’t religious passive-aggression. We think we know that, yet we still fall back into old habits of stuffing our offense, frustration, and pain down until those who caused them realize it and make amends. Patience is love, joy, and peace coming together to see others as God does, then treating them with a kindness which empowers, equips, and encourages them to become that. Anything less becomes about performance rather than identity, and redefines the fruit of the Spirit as rewards handed out to those who behave in ways you approve.

In the above scriptures, patience is a compound word meaning “distant wrath.” It’s not only about being slow and mild in responding to offenses. At its heart is submitting to God’s love, joy, and peace, so you’ll have the grace to put distance between you and the temptation to react in retribution. Patience is choosing to stay in God’s presence and bravely persevere.

Patience is freedom from hate and hating. Patience is a shield against worry and stress. Patience is the determination of faith, the devotion of hope, and the delight of love. Patience is the deepening revelation of God’s heart as he holds you in his arms with your head against his chest.

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