Fruit #4: Patience

by Carolyn Hope

Patience can persuade a prince, and soft speech can break bones. (Proverbs 25:15)

Patience is often underrated, especially among a people or culture that is always hustling and bustling. We live in a world where opportunities can come and go in a flash, and in some ways, the advancement in technology has fostered an impatient atmosphere. We microwave meals, watch TV instantly on our computers, and drive 70 miles per hour on highways.

In such modern realities, patience can be seen as trivial, or even as weakness. “If you wait too long, you’ll miss your chance,” society whispers. “Act quickly before it’s too late!” The reality is that patience is extremely important, and patience is not weakness. In Paul’s letter to the Colossians, he wrote, “We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need” (1:11). It actually takes strength and the power of God to be patient!

Your patience is powerful. Patience has the ability to persuade people who normally wouldn’t budge. You can live patiently, for Holy Spirit living within you is the most patient one of all. When you follow Him, you will produce patience. Patience is not a feeling, but a conscientious decision. You may feel like screaming on the inside, but you can still choose to act in patience. Keep seeking Jesus, and ask Him to help you. He’ll teach you.

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