According to dictionary.com the definition for patience is as follows:
1. the quality of being patient, as the bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain, without complaint, loss of temper, irritation, or the like.
2. an ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay: to have patience with a slow learner.
3. quiet, steady perseverance; even-tempered care; diligence: to work with patience.
How many of us actually wait patiently? Are you waiting without complaint, loss of temper, or irritation? Are you diligent in your waiting with a steady perseverance? Are you even-tempered? If we are honest and truly reflect on how we wait many of us do not have genuine patience. We are impatient at stop lights when we know we should have left home a few minutes earlier. We are impatient in checkout lines if the cashier is being customer friendly and chatting with the person ahead of us. We think, “just pay for your items and go”. We are impatient with the changing of the seasons and with having our prayers answered exactly as we prayed them and in that order.
Impatience is not a fruit of the spirit. Impatience adds no value to your day or life. To be impatient ultimately is to rush and that brings on anxiety. We blindlessly rush into tomorrow having no idea of what it holds and not cherish the precious moments of your presence. This week make every effort to practice patience. Instead of becoming annoyed, complaining, being irritable, and letting your temper get out of control be patient. Be willing to have a few delays from time to time without getting angry.
The bible has a litany of scriptures regarding patience. Here are just a few. When you are becoming impatient say one of these scriptures and just rest.
Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.
This you know, my beloved brethren. But let everyone be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.
Be patient, therefore, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. Behold, the farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains. You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.
And let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary.
1 Thessalonians 5:14
And we urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with all men.
Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; Do not fret, it leads only to evildoing. For evildoers will be cut off, But those who wait for the LORD, they will inherit the land.
I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, entreat you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing forbearance to one another in love,
Dr Lisa Melton