There is an old saying, “patience is a virtue” While I realize this to be true, I’m certainly not a very good example of that virtue. I quickly become impatient with people who have no idea why there are 4 lanes on a highway, what a red or green light means, and simply can not fathom a 4 way stop. While striving daily to always have more patience, I find that when others show patience with my ignorance of computers, smart phones, apps, and all the electronic gadgets on cars these days, it greatly enhances my ability to be patient with others. I am making some headway, however admittedly, very slowly.
The apostle Paul urges and encourages us to comfort the feeble minded, support the weak, and be patient toward all men. ( I Thess. 5:14 ). Striving for patience is not an easy task and sometimes can seem overwhelming. However, as we glorify God with fruit of the spirit, we need to also focus on sowing the seed that will produce patience. I Thessalonians 1: 3 tells us that patience is directly linked to hope and hope is inextricably linked to faith. To gain patience, our hope is in having faith that what God has promised, He will deliver. Sowing the seed of studying God’s Word will produce patience. By reading how the faithful of old patiently endured hardships and seeing them reap the rewards of God’s promises, can help us to have the patience to faithfully run the race that God has set before us today. When we read the stories of Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, David, Job, Paul, and Jesus, their examples will help us to greatly increase our patience.
The virtues of peace that Paul so earnestly preaches in Philippians 4:8-9 are also perfectly linked to patience. We must have peace, first in our lives, before we can achieve patience. If one is at peace with God, with himself, and the world, then patience becomes a natural extension of that peace.
When we sow thoughts of heaven, our ultimate goal, then hope, faith, and patience are much easier to achieve. We did not become Christians to have an easy life here on earth, but to go to heaven. The great apostle Paul was able to endure his trials on this earth, because he forgot what was behind and focused on the goal that was ahead, and God’s ultimate promise of heaven.
No matter how bad our problems seem in this life, we need to stop each day and focus on all the good things God has done for us. If we continually dwell on His blessings in life, then enduring the hardships will be much easier. No matter what we are facing now, we can patiently endure by reminding ourselves, that one glimpse of heaven will be worth it all. All that is here and now will soon pass, but heaven will be forever.
We invite all who would, to come together with us each Sunday morning at Kedron on the Coopertown Road, Russellville, Kentucky, to worship God in spirit and in truth. We neither add to God’s word or take from it. Bible study at 10:00 and Worship at 11:00.
Brother Richard Sitz speaks on the first Sunday of each month and Crittenden Drive Church of Christ has graciously supplied us with a host of guest speakers for the remaining weeks of the month. We invite one and all to come visit with us and be uplifted by these fine presentations of the “Good News” of God’s holy word.