Ever noticed when it comes to patience if we have any at all that we may tend to pick and choose with whom we are patient? Oh, sure, we’ll be patient with that beautiful grandchild. Or our loving spouse. Or with our disabled neighbor. But then forget about it when it comes to the representative on the telephone we just called to figure out why our electric bill is messed up. And no way will we be patient with that alcoholic in-law who just can’t seem to stay sober for any length of time.
Please consider the scripture below and note especially that tiny three-letter word that is oh so powerful – and convicting. ALL. Be patient with whom? With ALL! That doesn’t leave anyone out, does it?
But how can we possibly be patient with certain people in certain situations? The Lord will give us the ability when we look to Him for love, mercy, grace, mercy, forgiveness, strength – and, yes, patience!
Sometimes there is good reason to move ahead and not wait any longer with something or someone. That good reason is when it’s the Lord’s will to move forward. But always, in all things, we are to be filled with and manifest the love of Christ. And, with His love, let us be patient even as we press forward following His lead!
“Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all.” 1 Thess. 5:14