4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud
1 Corinthians 13:4
Are you a patient person? How often do you lose your patience? Someone has said, “I am patient, but patience has limits.” Does your patience have limits?
God’s patience is unlimited. That is good news for you and me. William Barclay, the gifted theologian writes, “The word [patience] never means the spirit which sits with folded hands and simply bears things. It is victorious endurance (and) constancy under trial. It is Christian steadfastness, the brave and courageous acceptance of everything life can do to us, and the transmuting of even the worst into another step on the upward way. It is the courageous and triumphant ability to bear things, which enables a man to pass breaking point and not to break, and always to greet the unseen with a cheer.” This is the exact reason Paul writes, “love is patient, love is kind.
In other words, God is patient and His patience is always good. Jerry Bridges adds, “The fruit of patience in all its aspects – long-suffering, forbearance, endurance, and perseverance – is a fruit that is most intimately associated with our devotion to God. All character traits of godliness grow out of and have their foundation in our devotion to God, but the fruit of patience must grow out of that relationship in a particular way.” Are you ready to add patience and kindness to your day? Pray for more kindness and patience in life. Pray for God to give you pockets of patience today. God is kind to those who patiently love Him.