4. PATIENCE

March 27, 2019

  • Value Opposed to Anger, Rage

To our loving, joyful, and peaceful nature, we are to add patience. Patience is an inner strength that provides calmness when we are called upon to bear with one another. Patience is the robust capacity to be long-suffering, slow to anger, tolerant, and forbearing. This excellent Master Value produces patience with people, not time or events. We are to show, “with all humility and gentleness, with patience, accepting one another in love” (Ephesians 4:2, HCSB).

Those who walk with God are too, “put on heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, accepting one another and forgiving one another.” (Colossians 3:12,13a, HCSB).

While we try to practice tolerance with our neighbor, God’s patience reminds us we must be patient even when retaliation or revenge is expected because God exhibits His patience with us.

God knows when His people show patience. In Revelations God acknowledges the Christians at the church of Ephesus, “I know your works—your love, faithfulness, service, and endurance. Your last works are greater than the first.”  (Revelations 2:19, HCSB)

The prophet Isaiah promised great things for those who are patient. “But those who trust in the Lord will renew their strength; they will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31, HCSB).

Commit today to acquire the value of PATIENCE. Remember, with time and patience; the caterpillar becomes a beautiful butterfly.

Core Values Affirmation: “My daily walk reflects PATIENCE because I am a patient person.”

In my walk, I practice patience because Patience is the opposite of anger. When I am called upon to bear with and forebear my neighbor, I call upon God to give me the inner strength to stay calm and in control. I must be patient with others because God is patient with me.

Bible Verse. “Love is patient” (1 Corinthians 13:4a, HCSB).