Romans 5:3&4
And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation works patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope.

Proverbs 19:11
A man's wisdom gives him patience, it is to his glory to overlook an offense.

Psalms 40:1&2
I waited patiently for the Lord; He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.

James 1:3&4
Knowing this, that the trying of our faith works patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that you may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

Jesus said that the second greatest commandment is to love our neighbor as our-self. He meant that we were to love anyone and everyone that we come in contact with as we love ourselves. Some of our neighbors can be hard to love. We sometimes find ourselves asking, "Why did Jesus have to make that a commandment?". We often forget that, we too, can also be hard to love at times. How do we get to a place where we can love everyone as we love ourselves? We must have patience.

Patience is something that most if us are not born with. Patience is something that we have to learn. Proverbs says that wisdom gives us patience. That wisdom comes from our own experiences and being able to remember what it was like for us when we were battling something. Being able to make that kind of connection with folks will give us patience with them when they are battling their demons. Romans tells us that tribulation works patience. I had a past relationship in which I suffered through a multitude of trials and tribulations. During that time, I constantly questioned why I was having to deal with that in my life. For the last couple of years, my wife and I have battled through a tough and trying ordeal that could have broken the spirit of any man. Because of my past challenges, I developed patience that has allowed me to help my wife cope and overcome a long and life controlling battle. I would not have had patience to endure had it not been for my past experience.

We also have to employ patience when waiting on God. We pray for things and about things and expect answers right now; forgetting that God is all knowing and His timing is perfect. God does things in our lives when He is ready and when He knows that we are ready. We have to learn to be patient while waiting on God's will to be done in our lives. Impatience is what causes some people to stumble. They go into something before God is ready and end up in a mess.

We need to have patience with our children. Children will try and test our nerves time and time again. Children are taught by example and learn from repetition. We often have to show and tell them things over and over again in order for them to learn.

Most importantly, we have to remember the patience that God has with us. He loved us when we were living in sin. He loves us and is patient with us when we stumble. In telling the story of the Israelites, during the exodus, Paul said, "For a time of about forty years God put up with their rebellious ways in the wilderness" (Acts 13:18). God patiently provides for us despite our ungratefulness. As God has been, is now, and will be patient with our shortcomings; we too must develop the patience of Job to endure in fellowship with one another.
"God give us patience to love our neighbors as ourselves and the spirit to endure with those who are ungrateful." Amen!


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