Patience

In your patience you will gain your souls. Luke 21:19

Praise God! Patience is the ability to stay calm without complaining and murmuring during trials and tribulations, waiting for God’s promises to be fulfilled. God promised Abraham that He will bless him and made a covenant with him stating that he will be the father of many nations. Abraham and Sarah were past age and Sarah was barren but still they believed in God. Hebrews 6:15 says, And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised. Joseph had a dream and when he told about his dream to his brothers, they hated him and his father rebuked him. He was sold by his brothers and later he was put in prison. He knew that God was with him, God showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden and gave him success in whatever he did. God granted Joseph the ability to interpret dreams. Even though the cup bearer forgot him for two years, he waited patiently and finally at the right time God uplifted him and he was put in charge of the whole land of Egypt.

Job was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil. Job was faithful even when he lost his children and wealth. Even when Satan afflicted Job with painful sores from the soles of his feet to the top of his head, he did not sin in what he said. The secret of Job’s patience was that he knew that God is in control and the redeemer lives. James 5:11 says, You have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very compassionate, and of tender mercy. The Lord made him prosperous again and gave him twice as much as he had before. The prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord were afflicted by the people and persecuted but still they prophesied in God’s name by faith and patience. James 5:10 says, Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience.

Jesus is the perfect example of patience. Hebrews 12:2 says, Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Jesus bore our sins on the cross, when he was questioned and treated badly, he remained silent. Patience makes a person slow to anger and ready to forgive. Jesus forgave those who spit on Him, whipped Him and crucified Him on the cross. Jesus loves us with an everlasting love. Love is patient. 1 Corinthians 13:4 God is patient and wants everyone to turn away from their sins and repent. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9

Patience is one of the fruits of the Spirit. During trials and tribulations do not be anxious but through faith and patience continue to do God’s will, then you will receive all that He has promised. Tribulation works patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope. Don’t grumble against each other or judge others, in your patience you will gain your souls. Colossians 3:12 says, So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. The farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains, be patient and strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near, let us run with patience the race that is set before us. Those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31

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