I have heard it said many times to be careful when praying for patience, because God just might give it to you. The same can be said fro preaching or writing about patience, I can assure you.

Patience does not come easy for us. We are an impatient people in an impatient society. We can’t stand to wait in line. We expect instant results, instant news, instant service, instant answers, instant food.

Proverbs 14:29 “A patient man has great understanding. but a quick-tempered man displays folly.”

It has also been said that good things come to those who wait. Being patient isn’t just about waiting. It is a state of mind. One that has a bigger picture perspective. One that understands things of value take time to grow and develop. An outlook that gives grace to others. It is knowing when the time is right and trusting God in the work He is doing.

Patience is not a cloak for laziness or inaction. A patient person acts and lives life intentionally. They just do so with a good steady, well thought pace, much like a marathon runner: steady, faithful, solid.

While patience is learned and developed in us, it is a choice we make. A daily choice to live life patiently. To do things well. To treat people well. To spend time where it matters. To act when the time is right.

Proverbs 25:28 “Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks self-control.”

Patience requires great discipline, self control, and it greatly affects our attitude and the way we live life.

When we live patiently, it is much easier to build strong relationships and live life well. A patient person rarely has to apologize for spontaneous outbursts, foolish words, or foolish actions.

A life of patience allows us to wisely choose instead of just reacting to what happens.

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2 comments

  1. I understand the concern about asking, studying or even writing about patience. Our church is walking through a study on “perseverance” i.e. with James – I would say that the two are close cousins. In order to persevere we must be patient, but we can’t be so patient as you say that we become idle. In persevering there is a time to stop, slow down, wait . . . it all sounds like patience to me; and then there is a time to move on or push through – only the patient will know when is the time. The impatient will bang their heads repeatedly, the patient man will gain character and operate in the favor of God.

    mac

  2. Man, patience “is a state of mind” just really spoke to me. About having a bigger perspective in mind when dealing with the set backs of life.
    thanks,
    joe

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