Patience is a virtue ... It is a virtue from God ... Do you have it?
Patience is the biggest virtue.
How much patience do you have? Patience is defined in the dictionary as the bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain, without complaint, loss of temper, irritation, or the like. Virtue is defined as conformity of one's life to moral and ethical principles. Combine them together and we get patience as the greatest virtue. It really is just that. All of us can use more patience. It is the very greatest virtue.
What has happened to the world? There is little or no patience left any longer. We live in a world of self involvement, self fulfillment and immediate gratification. We are so fortunate that we have an incredibly patient, kind, gentle and loving Lord. Sometimes He has to teach us patience and sometimes we all have to learn it the hard way. The Bible talks bout having patience and long suffering that actually will bring you closer to our Lord. Everything happens in God's time and all is for the greater good. Often times as humans it is difficult for us to see and understand that. Our faith can sometimes weaken under moments of adversity and pain. In reality that is when it should be the strongest and when our character is put to the test. We are to love one another with both patience and understanding. For all times even the difficult ones. We can never obtain the patience of The Lord yet we have to do our best to endure. Sometimes we will endure loss in our lives and even that becomes a manifestation of the type and level of faith we achieve. It is most difficult and yet most important to keep our faith at even the most trying of times. When your faith takes over you are left with a hope and understanding that sometimes can go well beyond the human realm. The emptiness leaves you and you are left feeling the incredible magnitude of God's love. Certainly there is not anything that can even begin to compare to His love. Not a single thing. It is completely fantastic. It is agape love. Can you feel it? I am fortunate enough to feel it each and every day as often He will show me someone who is in a terrible condition and I wonder in amazement as sometimes that person will have the biggest smile on their face and great courage despite their plight. It makes it downright impossible for me to feel sorry for myself even for a short time. The only way I end up feeling is completely blessed. I come to the understanding that God's patience is not like ours. Consider Job in the bible. He at first cannot really handle all that befalls him. He says it would have been better if he were never born. Then though, something happens to Job and his faith takes over. He decides to do everything God's way and ultimately is completely restored and even more blessed than He was to begin with. Letting God take over his life brings him incredible joy. Letting God take over your life will bring you incredible joy. Do not wait any longer. God loves you so much as evidenced through Jesus' sacrifice on the cross to save us. Here are some verses on patience in the bible:
Proverbs16:32 He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.
Ephesians 4:2 With all lowliness and gentleness , with long suffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
1Timothy 1:16 However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all long suffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life.
Romans 12:12 Serving The Lord, rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.
2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is long suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
Romans 15: 5 Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
God bless always.