We’ve all heard the saying that patience is a virtue. As followers of Jesus, we know that patience is a fruit of the Spirit. But how many of us actually find it easy to practice? It can be tough waiting for something we really want or going through a difficult situation, but those moments are where we grow the most. When we choose to be patient, we’re essentially saying to God that we trust His plans for our lives and that we believe He’s in control. It’s not always easy, but it’s in those moments of waiting that we learn to lean on God and rely on His faithfulness.
It’s funny how sometimes the things we desire the most seem to take the longest to come to fruition. It’s almost like we’re being tested to see how patient we can be. But it’s in those moments of waiting that we can learn so much about ourselves and about God’s character. We can learn to surrender control and trust in His goodness, even when we don’t understand what’s going on around us.
Patience isn’t just important when we’re waiting for something specific. It’s also an important trait to have in our everyday lives. It can be easy to get frustrated when things don’t go our way or when we’re faced with unexpected challenges. But when we learn to be patient, we can approach those situations with a calmer, more level-headed mindset. We can choose to trust that God has a plan for us, even if we don’t understand it yet.
Since we know that patience is a fruit of the Spirit, how do we grow in patience? Well, it takes intentional effort and a willingness to trust in God’s timing and plans. Here are some practical ways we can cultivate and grow in patience:
- Spend time in prayer and meditation: Honestly, we can’t grow patience on our own. It is fruit that God produces in our lives. Therefore, we must ask God to help us grow in patience and to give us the strength to endure difficult situations.
- Read and study the Bible: Through studying the Bible, we can gain a greater understanding of God’s character and learn to trust that His plans for our lives are good and perfect, even when we can’t see the big picture. The more we know who God is, the more we trust His sovereignty and His character. The more we trust His sovereignty and character, the more we will be able to wait patiently on God’s timing.
- Practice gratitude: Being grateful for what we have can help us develop a more patient attitude. When we focus on what we do have, rather than what we’re lacking or waiting for, we can find contentment in the present moment.
- Practice delayed gratification: Delayed gratification teaches us self-control (another fruit of the Spirit), which helps us wait on God’s best for us. It encourages us to appreciate the present moment and not rush ahead of God’s desires for our lives. It teaches us contentment and trust in God’s timing.
- Practice forgiveness: Learning to forgive others, even when they’ve wronged us, can help us develop patience and a more compassionate attitude towards others. Understanding God’s forgiveness can help us grow in patience by reminding us of His mercy and grace towards us.
In the end, choosing to be patient is a way of acknowledging that we don’t have all the answers and that we don’t always know what’s best for ourselves. When we can let go of control and trust in God’s plans, we can experience a sense of peace and contentment that can’t be found anywhere else. So next time you find yourself in a situation where patience is required, remember that it’s an opportunity to grow and to trust in God’s faithfulness.