Sharing: Patience makes perfect.....
Cebu City, Philippines
August 2, 2008 1:44am CST
Since the beginning of time I have had the hardest time memorizing the fruit of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:22-23. The love, joy, peace just flow off my tongue but I always get tongue tied at the fourth one. I know why. It’s the one I like the least—patience. I guess that means it’s the one I need most. Waiting for an outcome does not come naturally to me. I want action. I am a task oriented person. I want to put in my prayer and take out my answer. God doesn’t work that way. God is a God of patience. I thank God He is, otherwise how would I be able to have any kind of relationship with Him? That is never the point when I am getting frustrated with being patient. I want God to be patient with me. However my being patient with Him or others is a different matter altogether. Richard Rolle in The Mending Life, describes patience as a willing acceptance of things that are bitter. Later he adds, If you are at peace, there is no way you can know whether you are patient. This helps me understand why I get so stuck on this fruit of the Spirit. With love, joy and peace I immediately feel good. To experience the fruit of patience I need to be facing something hard and difficult. I discovered that if I am patient even patience leads to peace. It’s not quite as immediate as love, joy and peace, but it does have huge payoffs. Peter explains, “So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. Bear in mind that our Lord's patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him” (2 Peter 3:14-15). Our Lord’s patience is how we got Jesus born from a basically stubborn Jewish race, who were the cream of the crop as far as humans go. Our Lord’s patience brought us our salvation. Salvation is the one thing that we need most from our experience on this earth. It is the most important experience that any of us can have. Yes, a prerequisite to the fruit of patience is suffering. Without suffering you cannot know the fruit of patience. Yet, God’s Word explains that patience in suffering leads to being found spotless, blameless and at peace with Him. That is pretty amazing payoffs if you ask me. Well, I have experienced some bitterness recently. I didn’t like it. Rather than reacting, I responded by obeying God’s instructions to be patient. It wasn’t easy, but as I trusted the fruit of patience in my life I found myself having peace, hope, and salvation too. It didn’t come as immediately as the fruit of the Spirit brought by love, joy and peace, but it did come. Are you suffering something bitter right now? Yield to the Holy Spirit’s offer of the fruit of patience. The transition from bitter to patient doesn’t come easy, but with prayer and patience, you’ll discover what I did. Patience makes perfect.
2 Aug 08
Hi Zelmarq! That is a very beautiful topic my friend. It is something that we all need to learn one way or the other. I could say that I am a patient person but I am not that totally, hundred percent patient all the way! I can be patient even when I am in pain or hurting but I can't be patient when I see my love ones in pain. I immediately seek relief and answers for that. I guess, the pain I feel is more heartbreaking when I see my love ones hurting, and that my friend proves that I am not that patient as well. I have been praying for so many years for my youngest brother to be touched by God and that he will be healed from his heartaches and depression but until now, I have no answers. I have tried all the solutions I thought that can help him and even seek and followed advice from just about anyone. I ran out of solutions and I ran out confidence that I can help my brother. As of now, I only put my trust in the Lord and everything I have given up to Him. I have surrendered to Him for I know that in His Time, I will find the answer. I am waiting patiently still and there are times, that I wanted to scream and cry at Him, asking Him to deliver us from this test. I am still praying and hoping. I will never give up praying and will never give up on my faith; but there are times that I had just enough and I feel drowning. Take care always..God Bless!
2 Aug 08
This is such an elevating thing yo have shared! I feel, patience is a great attribute that on can practise and possess and make living so healthy and likeable. Patience gives us a strength - the strength to fight out the odd. Its as good as meditation. Thanks.
5 Aug 08
God is the God of all those fruits. but it so happened that patience is your choice. hehe.. me, it has got to be self-control. i just don't have it most of the time. i would burst out in anger and in pain that it does not bless others. even with my words and decision, it is really not bounded with self control. even loving a person, somehow, i don't have self control. i love too much, and i love too little.i dont know what it meant but it is the way i see myself. with regards to your question, i just have a bitter conversation from a friend that it really cost a lot, even our relationship. i dont want to tell the details ha.all i know right now is that i surrender it to GOD,.. submitting to Him that He will discipline me first. i do want that friend to be disciplined too, but since i am involve, then i take the responsibility of my own acts. the way we will be will totally be different from now on. i am trying to adjust and adopt. whatever the case, i have to have the fruit of the Spirit still. for all the time actually, i need it. somehow, patience is a virtue, but time is gold too. i am a type that hates waiting and wanted really some action. action that will truly be honoring the Lord. i just hate waiting because the Lord might return tomorrow, i will be late. though there are really persons who are really good at patience. but the way my patience gos with my life involves action too. i just couldn't think that i have to wait for a long time untl i move one. that is not the way i look at patience. i look at it as giving to God whatever the situation i am into and move on with my life. however it may hard it be. it is really hard, but it surely is rewarding. imagining myself to be served by HIM at HIS table, hmm, that gives me the drive...patience is important too..hehe
• Cebu City, Philippines
6 Aug 08
Well, you know our words and the words of other people hurt us and sometimes we also end up saying not so good towards them because we dont know how to wait. Or that we stick to personal rules and work habits, but some people just dont get it and tat where the problem begin and then end up hurting each other.I was also hurt by not so good words by someone and Im in the process of forgetting coz i have done forgiving. I also hurt others because just like you i dont like late people coz its a waste of time, and paience comes in. So we will have to stretch the rubber band a little more for others and tell them as nicely as we can. have a nice day and take care!
6 Aug 08
No it doesn't it just lets you stand in a place and get what is for you and let go what was not meant for you, you just don't try you just don't get curious about what is going on and around you, you are just waiting for things which pass by you and grab them and tell other people that it was coz of being patient. which is totally wrong and negative.