Monday, August 29, 2011

Patience, Patience, Patience

Jesus - Devo
Patience, Patience, Patience

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Being patient is something I have never been good at. Just ask my mother. I do not like to wait for things. If something is not getting done, then I will just do it, so it gets done. For the most part I do not like to sit around and do nothing. I like to make things happen. Patience is not my style.

But there are times when I do need to be patient. The Bible says that we need to be patient. In fact, it has a lot to say about being patient. I looked.

When I am struggling with something, like being patient, I tend to do Bible searches on the subject. That is what I did this time. Being patient is definitely something I need to work on. It is something that the Bible commands us to do.

First, we are called to be still and wait patiently…

Psalm 37:7
Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.

Then the Bible tells us what some of the benefits are of being patient.

Proverbs 14:29
A patient man has great understanding, but a quick-tempered man displays folly.

Proverbs 15:18
A hot-tempered man stirs up dissension, but a patient man calms a quarrel.

Proverbs 16:32
Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city.

The Bible asks us to…

Ephesians 4:2
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

1 Thessalonians 5:14
And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone.

James 5:7
Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains.

James 5:8
You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.

Romans 12:12
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

Then the Lord offers us a promise…

Hebrews 6:15
And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised.


1 Corinthians 13:4
Love is patient…

Being patient is also a part of the Fruit of the Spirit that we are called to live out…

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

God calls us to be patient. He has a plan for us and we are called to wait on Him. And to be patient.
Will you work on being more patient in your everyday life? I am going to try!

Mandy H.

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