March 19, 2015

Patience

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Patience

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. (‭Galatians‬ ‭5‬:‭22-23‬ ESV)

Patience is the state of endurance under difficult circumstances, which can mean persevering in the face of delay or provocation without acting on annoyance/anger in a negative way; or exhibiting forbearance when under strain, especially when faced with longer-term difficulties.

As believers, we will be faced with challenges in this life such as violation of our rights because of our faith, illnesses and many more. But in all these challenges we need to learn how to cultivate the habit of being patient by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Failure to wait upon on God or to rely on Him in times of adversities is regarded as impatience. God is patient and so He wants His children to be patient therefore we being impatient is not however mirroring the invisible attributes of God He wants to make visible in us by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Impatience comes with it dangers, which one of its dangers are; it indicates we are not loving God enough as we ought to. This is because definition of love includes enduring in all things with reference to 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7 therefore being impatience results in the inability to endure in all circumstances therefore indicating of not loving God enough because if we truly love God enough we will be patient and endure in all things for His sake.

Also, being impatient and not waiting upon God for His deliverance and trying to act on our effort to fix situations  has greater consequences. In 1 Samuel 13 Saul’s impatience to wait for Samuel to come and offer the sacrifices brought His kingship over Israel and his life into total ruin. Being impatient also shows unbelief and pride.This is because being impatience implies that you think you know better than God and also can solve your own problems with your human ideas or efforts rather relying on Him. Which is sinful and can result to death if repentance and forgiveness is not sought from God as Paul says in Romans 6:23 that the wages of sin is death and the gift of God is eternal life.

Christ is a true model of someone who is patience even though He was crucified for an offence He did not commit, He did not act impatiently towards His persecutors or God. He endured every bit of the suffering for our sake.

Impatience can be a weakness (which is my weakness too) but however we shouldn’t  let this weakness of impatience limit us from worshipping God. Therefore, we should earnestly desire  God daily and praying that He will continue to do His work in us by the power of the Holy Spirit to overcome our impatience and to be patience in all things.

Brethren, nothing can help you to be patient expect the Holy Spirit that can make you patience therefore we should avail ourselves to God. Asking Him to come and dwell in us to do His work in us so that we are able to produce this fruit of patience.

 

 

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