Good morning! Thank God for a new day!
TFTD: Patience, anyone?
Galatians 5:19-22 (NASB)
19 Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: [a] immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, [b] factions, 21 envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
Patience, anyone? We’ll I’ll take a double order of help me Lord, with a side of have mercy and please super size grace. This thing known as patience is no joke however it is a necessary part of life and it’s one of the fruits of the spirit. I love Galatians 5:19-22 because it tells us how we can inherit the kingdom of God and it also tells us how we can squander that inheritance. We must operate in the fruits of the spirit!
Now, I’ve been trying to post this since Monday, but God being who He is delayed the post. Why? I’m glad you asked. Anytime you ask God for patience, He doesn’t just give you patience, He allows you to experience situations in which you have to demonstrate patience. So needless to say, I have been bombarded with these experiences.
Let’s look at patience, it’s defined as “the state of endurance under difficult circumstances, which can mean persevering in the face of delay or provocation without acting on annoyance/anger in a negative way.” So basically, patience is how long you can go without blowing up or losing your faith. It’s the waiting period you must endure. Now in the New King James Version the word long-suffering is used in place of patience. Long-suffering is defined as “patiently enduring wrongs or difficulties.” How long can you wait without responding negatively while being mistreated or when dealing with difficulty situations? I told you, this patience thing is no joke, but there’s hope! God will never give you more than you can handle.
One thing I’ve learned is some situations requires a quiet spirit. If you are put in a situation where you have to exercise patience and you feel like you are about to blow your top, the best thing to do is remain silent and begin to pray. Another thing I’ve learned is that while you are enduring difficult times or even being mistreated, focus your attention on the positive aspects and not the negative. Try to minimize your complaints. What you replay in your mind is what will eventually come out of your mouth. So if you are waiting for anything in life, wait with a gracious spirit.
Allow me a moment to share one of my experiences where I had to exercise patience. Last weekend I went to Wal-Mart and it was unbelievably crowded. I had no trouble getting the items I needed, but every aisle was extremely long. Anyone who knows me, knows I don’t like long lines. So I found a line and stood in it. It was so long I was in the clothing section with my shopping cart. My first response was to text my husband and my friends and start complaining, but I decided against it. Then I noticed my line wasn’t moving at all. So I said, “Great, I pick the line that’s not moving.” I began to have a talk with God while I was waiting which caused me to laugh. I said, “Hey Lord, since I’m waiting and I don’t have anywhere to go, I’ll just chat with you.” God reminded me I had some reading to finish, so I opened my bible on my cell phone and read my daily Psalm (if you are going to wait in line, might as well be productive). When I was finished, a sales associate walked up to me and said, “Mam, I see that you have more than 20 items, but if you follow me I will help you check out.” She escorted me to the 20 items or less aisle and told the cashier that I had more than 20 items, but please check me out. I went from standing in a line that wasn’t moving and still wasn’t moving to being escorted to the cashier and checked out. I said all of this to say, when God gives you an opportunity to exercise patience, make a conscious decision to talk to Him and see what He would have you do. You never know what door He will open for you once you pass the test.
Have a blessed day!
Mrs. Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis
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