We live in a world filled with the attitude of “I want it now” and with an “I deserve it now” attitude and sometimes also with the “How dare you make me wait” attitude.
When did we become so impatient?
Wasn’t life supposed to have become easier and were we not supposed to have more time for ourselves since the 1950’s?
It seems that in the past 60 or so years that we have become busier, and have less time, and have become a lot more impatient with each other.
Our fast Internet is still not fast enough, fast food is taking too long and the cashier at you store is too slow.
What about your spouse or your children? Are you patient with them? When they take too long or when they just aren’t getting it? (Understanding what you expect from them). Do you have patience?
What is patience?
Merriam Webster online explains it this way:
1pa·tient adj \ˈpā-shənt\
1: bearing pains or trials calmly or without complaint
2: manifesting forbearance under provocation or strain
3: not hasty or impetuous
4: steadfast despite opposition, difficulty, or adversity
This brings it somewhat into perspective, but can it be explained even better?
When we look at what God says about it, we get another way of understanding what patience is.
In 1 Corinthians 13:4–8 it says that: Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. (NIV)
So we now understand that Love is Patient. So if love is patient, then can we also say that patience is love? Do the two go hand in hand and are they interchangeable with one another? Yes they are. Love is patient, therefore patience is love.
Why is patience such an important part of being a loving and compassionate human and why is this something that God requires of us?
2 Peter 3:9 (NIV)
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
God is patient with us, so it is important that we are patient with others. Why would He require different from us? We are made in His image, and so we are to do as He does.
A lack of patience can lead to self-destruction and/or bring harm to those we care about.
In Proverbs 15:18
A hot-tempered man stirs up dissension, but a patient man calms a quarrel. (NIV)
As we can see, patience is a cure for problems and strife. To be patient can bring to light solutions and it can also be healthy.
If one continues to be impatient, then that person will have increased stress in his/her life. Stress can cause many health problems. This is another reason why God wants us to be patient always.
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. (NIV
Being patient in affliction does not mean to accept the affliction, but to be patient during that time and praying for Gods will to be done. The affliction may be present; there is nothing you can do about it other than pray for healing and for wisdom for you and the doctors.
We must clothe ourselves with patience, this means to have it with us at all times.
Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.
Isn’t it amazing? Truly awesome that God chose us to be holy people, people He loves! So how can we behave in any other manner than in the way He wants us to?
1 Thessalonians 5:14
And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone. (NIV)
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. (NIV)
Let us continually be in Gods will by showing patience to all those around us and with those we come in contact with.
By doing so, we not only live the life God wants us to live, we not only obey His will, but we also can live a healthier, less stress filled life.
Patience does not come easy; it comes through prayer and practice. We must be self-aware (being aware of our thoughts and actions) at all times and allow God and people to correct us when we slip up.
If we live in this manner, we will see a good change within ourselves, in our spiritual and physical life as well as with the people we are in contact with.
Success to you and God bless you all.
Thomas H Czech, 2012