Patience: the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset; forbearance, tolerance, restraint, long suffering.
Virtue: behavior showing high moral standards; goodness, righteousness, morality.
One of my favorite scripture verses begins in Galatians 5:22. I can easily remember this verse because it happens to be my birthdate.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. ESV
It should be our earthly goal to embrace these fruits. That often takes much forethought. We need to weigh our words and deeds before they ever leave our body.
Why do we rush things? Do we speak too hastily? Are we patient in the wrong situations and not so in situations that require long suffering? I know that I failed in this more often that I care to remember. We hurt others. We get hurt in the process. Situations spiral out of control. Friendships are broken. Maybe even souls lost. All because of our thoughtless sense of urgency overrides patience.
When you think of God observing His creation and all the evil that is running rampant, you wonder how He doesn’t destroy the earth now. But He is long suffering that no one should perish (be lost). That’s true love.
2 Peter 3:8,9
8 But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but all should reach repentance. ESV
Patience. I am a work in progress. I still fail all too often but I truly am trying. All I ask is that you might be patient with me.
I missed my Sunday message. I apologize. So here it is, just a little late. My focus has been off and the words hard to find. But I’ll get my rhythm back.
Thank you for being here with me.
I am grateful. ♥️
Photos: orchids at a greenhouse; the white one came home with me. I love orchids.