The word patience (also anciently: long-suffering) describes the ability to wait or to endure something. Those who are willing to live with unsatisfied longings and unfulfilled desires or consciously put them on hold prove to be patient. This ability is closely related to the ability to hope. Also patient is someone who endure difficulties, suffering or annoying situations with serenity and steadfastness.
Patience is a quality that each of us needs again and again in the various situations and circumstances of our lives. You need patience when you are waiting for something, patience in difficulties, patience with yourself and patience with those around you. Things don’t always happen as quickly as you expect them to. Many things just take time. Just as it is in nature, it is also with us humans.
“Patience is the ability to give something nice time to grow. I can’t yell at the seedling and blame it for not being a beautiful plant that refuses to reveal its full glory. Give it space, water it in the right amount from time to time and enjoy the small steps in which it thrives, in order to become what was put into it – its destiny. ” Jan Dobutowitsch
A plant’s God-given destiny is to flower. So I believe that God has a good plan for you and your life too. If you believe this, you have hope and hope is associated with patience.
“But patience deepens and strengthens our faith, and that in turn strengthens our hope. But this hope does not come to nothing. For the Holy Spirit has been given to us, and through him God has filled our hearts with his love. ”
Faith in God strengthens my patience. I believe that everything will happen in “its” time and I live in the trust that his good plan will come true in my life. This certainty gives me serenity and peace, even in waiting times and difficult situations.
“From knowing God comes self-control. Patience grows out of self-control and a life of faith in the glory of God out of patience. ”2. Peter 1,6
“But if we hope for something we have not yet seen, we must wait for it with patience and confidence.” Romans 8:25
It is not always easy to be patient. It may be that you have been praying for a cause for a long time, but nothing has changed. You shouldn’t lose courage and faith, but stay steadfast in prayer and place everything in God’s hands. You can rely on God who gives you patience. Patience is a fruit of the Holy Spirit that lives in you, since you invited Jesus into your heart (Galatians 5:22). If you have never invited Jesus into your heart, take a look at this page:
God ngives us patience with ourselves and with our fellow human beings.
“God, who gives this patience and encouragement, should help you to be one and to live in peace with one another. Treat one another as Christ exemplified. “Romans 15.5”
In all of you can be sure that God knows you and is with you in all situations that you have to face. He loves you and is happy about every little step you take and about your thriving and growing in faith.
“I know everything you do – I know your love, your faith, your service and your patience. And I see that you keep making progress in that. ”Revelation 2:19
“And through patience you will hold out to the end, for then your faith will reach full maturity and be perfect and you will lack nothing” James 1: 4