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Patience: A Spiritual Virtue

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 Today’s Word

Patience

The capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.

Today’s Verse

22 But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  

23

 gentleness and self-control. 

The Virtue of Patience

Patience is a virtue that is learned through the reading and studying of the Word of God. It is not an easy virtue to master. I can say that patience has been a work in progress. Each day, I am challenged by it. Many circumstances seem to get the best of me. However, the more I learn from the Word of God, the better suited I am to practice patience.

Hold Back Anger

The definition of patience says that it is a suffering without getting angry or upset. The fact that we suffer, itself tells us that it is not an “easy to deal with” virtue. Patience must hold anger back, must not get upset, uptight, nor impatient.

Master The Skill of Patience

We must exemplify love, joy, and peace as we master the skill of patience. Is not that easy, is it? That is why we must read the bible, study it, learn it, and put it into practice. Show kindness to others. Be gentle with those around you. Have faith in your actions. Let your goodness be an armor of self-control.

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2 thoughts on “Patience: A Spiritual Virtue

  1. Thank you for this encouraging post! Spending time in God’s word is definitely a must in our growth to be like Christ. And all of what we read and know must become a reality in our everyday relationships or it worthless.

    I have come to realize that when I am impatient it is because my efforts to get what I want, when I want it and in the way that I think is best are being frustrated. It is all about me and fear is usually a factor – not faith! I have found that to the degree that I love deeply, (putting others first, caring more about them than myself, the problem or circumstance) that is the degree to which I am patient. When I know that I am loved completely by my heavenly Father and that He will meet all my needs I don’t have to try to manipulate people and circumstances to make sure that my needs are met and am free to trust Him, His timing and His way.

    So patience is more than just suppressing the negative emotions, it is when my love relationship with God and others matures and grows so that it naturally and completely eradicates the negative emotions that are hurtful to ourselves and others because there is no room for them…our heart is only full of love! It is a positive focus not negative. 🙂

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