Some days are very trying. Today’s been one of those days. So, of course, my pre-planned topic was P is for Patience. Thanks for being patient with my delay in posting it!
When we’re going through stuff, we’ll often pray that God gives us more patience – with others, with ourselves, with Him. Be careful what you pray for! When you pray for patience, it is sure to be tested. Patience can only grow if we’re put in situations that will develop it.
The Bible talks a lot about this virtue:
But if we must keep trusting God for something that hasn’t happened yet, it teaches us to wait patiently and confidently. (Romans 8:25)
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they are good for us—they help us learn to be patient. And patience develops strength of character in us and helps us trust God more each time we use it until finally our hope and faith are strong and steady. (Romans 5:3-4, TLB)
when the way is rough, your patience has a chance to grow (James 1:3)
Be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. (Ephesians 4:2)
let us run with patience the particular race that God has set before us (Hebrews 12:1b)
The Bible also tells us that God is patient:
Don’t you realize how patient he is being with you? Or don’t you care? Can’t you see that he has been waiting all this time without punishing you, to give you time to turn from your sin? His kindness is meant to lead you to repentance. (Romans 2:4)
The apostle Paul talks about God’s patience toward him:
But God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as an example to show everyone how patient he is with even the worst sinners, so that others will realize that they, too, can have everlasting life. (1 Timothy 1:16)
Today’s Prayer: God, thank You for Your patience toward us. Help us to be patient with others and with Your timing. You know exactly what we need and when to supply it. Thank You for being faithful to complete the work You’ve begun in us.
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