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THE VALUE OF PATIENCE

“Our lives are to be characterized by patience, for it is important in developing the mature, stable character which God wants to produce in His people.” – Billy Graham.

We live in an impatient world created by a patient God. Webster’s dictionary defines patience as: “bearing pains for trials calmly or without complaint; not hasty or impetuous; steadfast despite opposition, difficulty, or adversity; able or willing to bear.” A cursory glance at the last days of Jesus’ life will give you the perfect picture of patience.

 A good example of patience in the Bible is the story of Abram and Sarai. It has been ten years since God promised Abram, “I will make you into a great nation…” (Gen 12:2). Abram is in his mid-eighties, and Sarai is in her mid-seventies—not exactly prime child-bearing years. Genesis chapter 16 begins with a simple statement that Sarai is barren and her patience is wearing thin. But we know how that ended.

God does things in His timing, for His purpose, and for His glory. The prophet Jeremiah reminds us, “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope”  (Jeremiah 29:11). Peter told his readers, “The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent” (2 Peter 3:9).

God has a plan for each of us, fulfilled in His timing. However, our patience is often lacking as we wait for the story to unfold. Paul reminded his readers, “But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently” (Romans 8:25).

Patience is talked about in the Bible because God is patient with us. Because God is patient with us, we need to be patient with our fellow human beings. And that’s not always easy. Many people we must deal with—and sometimes even live with—can be obstinate, frustrating, selfish, inconsiderate, and absolutely impossible to please. They say and do the wrong things at the wrong time. Sometimes, they unnerve us. Other people may see us in the same light.

Patience often flows from understanding. We are too quick to judge, and we are too prone to treat our fellows harshly. They, too, have troubles—bills to pay, sick children, spouses to please, bosses to impress, and headaches to bear. But let’s try to remember that God is patient and long-suffering. And we need to give one another a break.

As we mature in our Christian faith and learn to trust more and more that God is in charge of this world and our lives, we see that patience is the fruit that grows as a natural result of our relationship with God.

Discussion Questions:

  1. What does to mean to be intentional when it comes to patience?
  2. To what extent are you patient with yourself? How might you practice patience with you as Jesus’ does?
  3. Why is margin so important when it comes to patience?

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