Be patient

You, too, must be patient. James 5:8 (NLT).

Bear provocation, annoyance, or misfortune, and calmly endure pain or trying circumstances without complaint, loss of temper, irritation, or the like. That’s what Romans 12:12 teaches. It tells us to be “patient in affliction.” In addition James 5:7-11 reminds us to “take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord … as an example of patience in the face of suffering” and that we should “be patient and stand firm” for “the Lord is full of compassion and mercy.”

Now that’s not easy, is it? We’re not usually inclined to being patient. It’s often easier to vent our agitation or resist and object. But there’s a better way to deal with aggravations, hardships and distress, and that’s to ask the Lord to help us endure, be tolerant and uncomplaining. And remarkably, because God cares right down to the last detail, He gives us staying power to be steady and strong.

So stay the course. Hang in with God. For patience through tribulation always pays dividends. It’s a plaster for all sores. A primary virtue in times of trial. “The knot which secures the seam of victory” Chinese Proverb. And the buckler against affronts. As an old proverb says, “Patience overcomes everything. The world is his who has patience.”

Yes, patience can accomplish much. It can blunt the edge of misfortune, win success a little bit at a time, and become the basis for a more beautiful design in your life. And more, patience will help you grow in godliness, maturity, and genuine spirituality.

So accept delays and continue to be tolerant and even tempered. For when you wait on God long enough, He will direct, supply, protect, correct and reward you according to our need.

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