The 'Fruit of the Spirit' - Patience

Patience! Well I think it's safe to say that a lot of the time we can put or hand up and say that we have many moments in our days/weeks where we have not been patient. But how can patience be significant in our daily lives? More importantly, how does being patient effect us and those in out everyday?
My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. - (James 1:19-20) (NIV) 
How often have you been at work or in a group of friends when suddenly you think of something to say or add to conversation that you blurt it out in excitement just so your voice is being heard, but then find in your haste to share what you suddenly thought of, the conversations of the group have moved swiftly onto something else and you're left looking rather silly? This is often a common experience across many people all because they were not patient enough to listen to what was being said.

Alternatively, how often have you come across someone that is not doing something correctly or doing something that irritates you? How often have you let the irritation overflow into anger to which then takes a hold of your thoughts and all you can think of is how much you want to punch that person in the face just to knock some sense into them? ....... we've all been there.
 A hot-tempered man stirs up dissension, but a patient man calms a quarrel. - (Proverbs 15:18) 
Through personal experience I have come to realise just how important patience is in my everyday. When we are slow to anger, we prevent an outburst that could effect both ourselves and those around us. More importantly, when we learn to be patient in situations in our everyday, we can then learn to be patient with where we are currently in our daily lives. That does not mean that where we are is where we're going to stay. It means that although we are in a place that we are not happy in, we should remain patient and trusting in God because his timing is perfect and his plan for our lives is perfect for us.
Trust in the Lord and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires. Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you. He will make your innocence radiate like the dawn, and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun. Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act. Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes. Stop being angry! Turn from your rage! Do not lose your temper—it only leads to harm. For the wicked will be destroyed, but those who trust in the Lord will possess the land. - (Psalm 37:3-9) (NLT)
When we are patient, we refrain from anger and when we refrain from anger, we keep our focus and don't lose sight of the great things ahead.


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