As a boy, I remember hearing my parents say many times “be patient.” But for me like all kids learning to wait, endure, or hold out wasn’t one of my favorite things to do. I have learned that patience isn’t something that you push out of you by the strength of your own will. It really is the result of living and walking with God and allowing His heart and character to be evidenced through our lives. This is one of those terms that not many people claim to have or even desire. Yet the Bible is full of examples where we as Christians are commanded to live and show forth patience.
Let’s take a quick look into patience.
The fruit of The Spirit is an amazing list of traits that show forth from our life as we grow in Christ and let Him produce His life in us. When I think about fruit it speaks to me of life and maturity. Fruit is to be tasted, enjoyed, and even desired. Here are some thoughts on Patience that Endures.
It’s always evident when you’re around someone with patience. Their patience is noticed and actually desired by others. We all know at least one person who has the ability to endure and remain in situations, jobs, relationships, or just plain crazy situations without going insane. Those people have patience. What we see in their life is the fruit of patience in their life. When others would quit they stay. Others would cause chaos but they remain stable and settled. Notice that Paul doesn’t say that “they never worry, fear, or that they have it all together.” He simply said “patience that endures” is one of the Life-Giving fruit of The Spirit in our lives. Are you patient? In what way? What tries your patience the most? Life will give you many reasons to be impatient but I want you to remember that the Holy Spirit is in you producing Patience that Endures. Let it grow on the tree of your life.
Eventually, many people will pick from it and taste the sweetness that only patience itself gives. One reason patience that endures is grown in our life by The Spirit is because it’s needed from us if we are going to receive the promises of God. Notice Hebrews 10:36 -It says “we need patience so that after we have done the will of God we can then receive the promise.” Wow! So its possible to do the will of God and yet still our promise or dream may not be a reality, yet! So receiving many promises from God are not just about the action of waiting but the exercising of patience. Impatience robs us of receiving from God. Not a devil or sin… just being impatient.
Let Patience that endures continually allow you to remain and holdout when others would quit, or when life says you can’t go on! When the promises of God seem to be fading all the while you know you have done all that God has asked, let PATIENCE THAT ENDURES allow you to stand steadfast! The promise is coming just as sure as patience endures. Remember that it is God’s patience shining through you! Be patient and endure.
– Pastor Joshua and Pastor Lindsey