We all have days when it seems like everything is working against us. Your son missed the school bus; your daughter left her lunchbox at home; you had one meeting after another at work; you stood in line for 20 minutes at the grocery store; and you fought rush-hour traffic on the way home. Days like that can be frustrating, and in those moments, it's easy to lose patience with situations and people around us.
Christian patience is based upon the absolute, unshakeable belief that God is sovereign.
We may seek to be patient, but we cannot generate a long-suffering spirit apart from the Spirit of God. It is not within our own capacity to be this patient. It is when the Spirit of God is pouring patience into our hearts that it becomes a defining characteristic of our souls rather than simply something we futilely strive to practice in our own strength.
Christian patience is based upon the absolute, unshakeable belief that God is sovereign and that He is at work in the lives of His children. Christian patience stems from the knowledge that you will not be forgotten nor forsaken by God no matter the circumstances.
Prayer: God, thank You that no matter what comes my way, You have not forgotten or forsaken me. Help my life to exhibit Christian patience even in the most trying circumstances. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love" (Ephesians 4:2).
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