Who would have thought having patience means to suffer without complaining? Think about this. We can suffer a number of ways. We suffer the loss of time while we wait in lines. We suffer emotional pain as we recount al the wrongs done against us. We suffer relational pains as we focus on all the ways our needs are not meet. We suffer from physical pain either from our own doing or not.
But patience is not just suffering. No, it is to experience pain or trials while staying calm and not complaining. Before I gave my life to Christ, I was overcome by my physical pain. I was not a good role model for patience during my gallbladder ordeal. The surgery typically takes 45 minutes, but mine took 5 ½ hours! My defective gallbladder had made a tremendous mess in my intestines. My recovery was not pleasant. I allowed my pain to turn me into the worst patient. As a result, I was treating everyone around me terribly. I was so self-absorbed I couldn’t accept anyone’s care for me. I just wanted out of the hospital. However, none of those reasons are good enough excuse for my poor behavior.
Why is finding a patient person is hard to come by? It could be because having patience is difficult. Most people give in to grumpiness or harsh behavior before letting patience have its good work. Personally, I don’t think one can be patient without the Holy Spirit’s help. One of the fruits of the Spirit is patience. Therefore, if we walk in the Spirit, the fruit of the Spirit will be more and more evident in our lives.
It’s sad to witness someone in such pain they loose their sense of right and wrong. Pain has a way of bringing out the worst in people, if we let it. But as believers in Jesus Christ, we have the power of the Holy Spirit within us. This power enables us to walk in the spirit. In doing so, we reap the fruit of self-control (Galatians 5:23).
What pain or trial are you experiencing? Are you practicing patience during your current situation? Tap into the Holy Spirit and allow Him to lead you through this circumstance. When you do you will experience peace beyond your wildest expectations.
Lord Jesus, thank you for the gift of your Spirit enabling us to be patient during our circumstances. Help us to suffer without complaining so you receive the glory you deserve. In your name we pray, Amen.
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