People of Patience

We’ve made it to another month, the month of June.  I’m excited to see what this month brings forth and the opportunities we’re blessed with.  This month’s topic is patience, which already promises to challenge me, and hopefully you as well, so let’s dive in.

Patience is an absolutely essential topic for Christians to face.  Why? Because of the promise of challenges, hardships and sin.  I’m not really sure if it’s possible in today’s connected world to live without being affected or knowing the realities of the bad stuff that goes on around us, but I suppose if you were able to truly remove yourself from everything it might be possible, but it wouldn’t be in accordance with who God has called us to be. So since we can’t escape them, the choice is to face them or live an insincere life.

God has created us to be people of interaction; people who care for each other and the world in which they live. If you’re not with other people you’re missing an absolutely core factor of who you were created to be and your life purpose.  Let me state it clearly: part of your purpose is to be with others.  I know, sounds hard knowing all you do about the world around you, right?  Yea, it challenges me too.

Which is one really good reason to learn patience.  If we can’t be patient with those in our lives we can’t spread the good news about God or help them find the peace that passes all understanding.  We also can’t be patient with God when He seems to delay in responding to us.  So rather than seeking to distance ourselves, instead we should work on learning patience.

“Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses….in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger; in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love…” 2 Corinthians 6:4-6

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