02 March 2014

Teachable Moments: Patience

Here's a tip, if you don't want to wait, don't pray for patience.

The other night I was sitting in my room and watching a Joyce Meyer sermon to the dim twinkle of my Christmas lights. As I watched her teach about love and kindness she mentioned the fruit of the spirit and how real love has these characteristics. She talked about how we are called to love each other as Christ loves us. With the characteristics of love mentioned in Corinthians. Then she went on to talk about how love requires our patience. Sometimes when we are loving others we have to be patient. We have to let them do what they need to do, and in the meantime wait for them. 

It was at this time that I sighed, knowing that as I asked God for patience right then, that he would require me to wait for something. And of coarse, like clockwork, he did. Then I waited. And waited. And waited. And waited some more. Then, finally, I received what I had been waiting for. It was worth it. Not only was I relived that the wait was over, but it was a good lesson for me. I learned that I can be more patient than I realized. I also learned that trusting God is worth it. In the past I struggled with trusting God on a day to day basis, so to be at a place in my life where I can finally say, "okay God, I trust you, I'll wait" is amazing. 

So today if you are waiting on God, be patient, keep the faith, keep trusting. Our God is faithful, he knows the desires of our hearts, and will deliver what we need exactly at the right time. 

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

1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Psalm 37:3-5
Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the Lordand he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lordtrust in him and he will do this:

1 comment:

  1. I needed this so, so much!
    I am currently awaiting a decision about my future and it is driving me insane.
    I need to pray and trust more.


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