Patience – A Fruit of the Spirit 5/10/2018

crops growth

James 5:7-9

Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the LORD’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the LORD’s coming is near. Don’t grumble against one another, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door!

Just as the verses indicate, the farmer waits patiently for the crops. These verses remind us things do not happen overnight. Rain, sunlight, and nature play a role in helping crops grow, and this growth takes time. Likewise, factors play into the development of events we want to happen in our own lives. Sometimes things take longer than others, so we must be patient.

Waiting is not an easy task. Patience is one of the hardest lessons to learn. We live in a society where we want instant gratification, instant results, and instant answers to our prayers. Even as an adult, it can be hard to wait. Every day we are faced with situations where we need to exercise patience. Most of the time, these situations are not within our control. We can’t make it happen just because we want it right now. We have to learn to wait…and without grumbling.

How do we wait patiently without grumbling?

While I do not have the secret strategy to this, I can offer three tips to develop more patience.  I do think it is important to trust God’s plan. Know that He is in control and has a plan for our lives. His plan is better than anything we can ever dream or imagine. It is also important to think of others and put their desires and needs before our own.  This helps us to focus on others and be humble while waiting. Finally, pray and ask God to help you be patient. Ask Him to help you to stay focused on Him and not to grumble.

Joyce Meyer said this, “Patience is not the ability to wait but how you act while you’re waiting.”

-Kristie Milby

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