A patient man has great understanding, but a quick-tempered man displays folly. Proverbs 14:29
One of the hardest things we can be in this hustle and bustle society is patient. The fourth Fruit of the Spirit, Forbearance, tells us to have a patient heart. It is also described as Longsuffering which is our love on trial. This fruit is what enables us to be emotionally strong and forgive others. But How? The Bible tells us numerous ways to exercise patience. It requires us to endure many things and wait out the situation until it passes. If we are wronged, we are not to exact revenge but with a patient and kind heart, forgive.
“Being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience.” Colossians 1:11
The Patient heart waits on God
Can you be still? Can you wait on God? Are you tempted to always move ahead so you can stay in control? Think of patience like a lemon. Unless you really love sour things it is eaten slowly. Forbearance is having restraint yourself from speaking or acting with wrong doing when faced with disagreement, opposition, or persecution allowing you to maintaining control of your emotions letting God take control of the situation.
Forbearance leads to Forgiveness
“Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.” Colossians 3:13
It is not useful to entertain a quarrel with another when the problem is easily resolved. If someone wrongs you or does something that causes strife within the workplace, let it go. It is not meant to be in our hands if someone else jumps on the situation so just do your part. If it fails under the other then take over, because it was meant for you. Give your strife to God and let Him take control. Forgive the person who has wronged you so that you heart has peace, joy, and love.
This week I challenge you to relax, be at peace and have patience in all situations. For me that means healing my hand from a recent injury and keeping my cool at my secular job because I hear the call. It is nearing time for me to move on to full time ministry work. I know God has control and I am letting Him have it all. What area in your life do you need to give to God? Can you be patient and let Him guide you? Will you?
Rob, Servant of God