Patience: A Virtue to be Exhibited! Part Two
“Be not quick in your spirit to become angry, for anger lodges in the bosom of fools.” Ecclesiastes 7:9
Patience is a virtue that is important in life. It is exhibited when one is enduring difficult times with a calm and composed attitude. However, patience is often preached but not often exhibited because we are a society of instant gratification. We want what we want, and we want it now. Therefore, we are impatience with others and with ourselves. Not only that, but we are constantly on the go and don’t have time to slow down.
Patience is like a calm lake on a hot summer day. Just as the lake remains cool and serene despite the heat, we too can remain patient despite the trials and tribulations of life. It is being content and considerate of the things happening in the past and the present moment. It is having the peace that comes from knowing that God is in control and that he is working out all things for our good.
Romans 9:22, Paul says, “What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction.”
God has shown us his patience throughout history. He has endured with much patience the sin of humanity. He has shown us mercy and grace, even when we don’t deserve it. We can learn from God’s example of patience. We can find contentment in the present moment, even when things are not going as we want them to. Likewise, we can trust that God is working out all things for our good. We can be patient with others, even when they are frustrating us. We can be patient with ourselves, even when we are struggling.
Proverbs 15:18 says, “A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger quiets contention.” This is a great reminder that patience is a virtue we should all strive for. It’s not always easy to be patient, but it’s definitely worth it. When we’re patient, we’re more likely to have calm and peaceful lives. So next time you’re feeling frustrated or angry, remember to be patient and slow to anger. It’ll make all the difference.
1. Lord, I thank you for exhibiting your great patience with me. I’m thankful for your patience and ability to respond to my needs.
2. Isaiah 58:6; I pray every yoke of anger in me, disrupting my breakthrough, break and let me go now in the name of Jesus. Amen.