Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. Colossians 3:12-14
Many of you may have short fuses when it comes to being patient. Recently I had my patience tested nearly the entire day. Mine started off with backed up traffic. Next was a very abnormally long car service appointment that nearly caused me to miss another engagement I had planned. Finally a very long wait at a local coffee shop. I remembered I was a witness for Jesus and thus stayed cool. Getting upset never solves anything.
If you are unable to get a grasp on this fruit of the spirit your life could be pretty miserable. Patience is needed in so many areas of life. Waiting on news about a job. Waiting in the doctor's office. Waiting for a medical diagnosis. Waiting in line at grocery store. Waiting in line at an amusement park for a popular ride. Waiting in line for tickets to some major event. Waiting for TV to come back on after storm disrupts service. You can probably add some other familiar scenarios.
Lack of patience can cause fights, chaos, confusion, anger and so many emotions that do not really reflect good upon Christ. Whatever you may be facing that takes patience try to be still and realize that this too shall pass. Learn to hold your tongue and answer everyone as if you were speaking to Jesus himself. Realize your health and your life will be better off because of it.
PRAYER: I find it so easy to get upset when things don't go at a quick pace. Help me Lord to be still and know that learning patience is a good trait to develop. In Jesus' name. Amen.