When everything is going our way, patience is easy to demonstrate. The true test of patience comes when our right are violated. When another car cut us off in traffic, when we treated unfairly, when our coworker derides our faith, again. Some people think they have a right to get upset in the face of irritation and trials. Impatience seems like a holy anger.
The bible, however, praises patience as a fruit of the spirit (Galatians 5:22) which should be produced for all followers of Christ. Patience reveal our faith in God’s timing, omnipotence and love.
Patience does not develop overnight, God’s power and goodness are crucial to the development of patience. (Colossians 1:11) tells us that we are strengthen by him to “great endurance and patience.”
We see in the bible many examples of those whose patience characterize that walk with God. Abraham waited patiently on what God promised. Job in his suffering waited patiently and later had more than he could imagine.
The next time you are in traffic jam, betrayed by a friend, or mocked for your testimony, how will you respond? The natural response is impatience which leads to stress, anger, and frustration. Praise God as Christian, we are no longer in bondage to a “natural response ” because we are new creation in Christ himself (2 Corinthians 5:17)