“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” Colossians 3:12-13
I am not by nature a very patient person. I am a planner. I have a timeline in which I believe things are supposed to begin and end — and it’s often completely contrary to our Lord’s timeline. Throughout my Christian journey of 35 years, I have had to learn the art of patience, with people and with God’s will.
Many times I’ve found it easier to judge than to show mercy to others who didn’t meet my standards. I have stepped ahead of God in trying to pick my relationships, jobs, and other things instead of trusting Him to direct my steps. I am just beginning to understand just how patient and merciful He has been to me all these years, as He has forgiven my bad choices and stubborn ways.
Today I am learning the art of how to be still, and how to be filled with the Spirit. As I do this, the fruit of patience is being pruned in me: I can wait on God for His timing; I can show understanding to people who reject God; I’m able to show mercy to those who are stubborn. As the Scripture above says, I must bear with people and forgive any grievances I may have, just as the Lord does with me. Knowing that, I am more willing to wait patiently, and to bear the fruit that the Holy Spirit produces within me.
Lord, please grant me the fruit of patience as I sit still and wait on You and others. Let me always be reminded of Your mercy, patience, and forgiveness. I ask You to prune me in areas where I still need it so that I may grow and bloom in your likeness. Amen.
Try sitting still when you're seeking discernment for an important decision or trying forgive someone you need to. Ask God to fill you with His Holy Spirit that you may be able to be a witness of patience.