Romans 12:12 – “Rejoice in hope, patient in tribulation, constant in prayer!”

By His Spirit, this week we will ponder & pray over the 2nd segment of our anchor scripture, “Patient in Tribulation”.

Like all the other aspects of the fruit of the Spirit, patience is yet another barometer of our relationship with God.

I read this:

1) Patience originates from God: Romans 15:4-6.

2) Patience is part of the fruit of the Spirit: Gal 5:22.

3) Patience is a product of self-control and is part of Godliness: 2 Peter 1:6.

4) Patience was demonstrated by Christ: Isaiah 53:7; Matthew 27:14; John 8:6-7.

5) Patience helps us grow during trials: Rom 5:4, Rom 12:12; Rom 15:4; James 1:3-4.

6) Patience allows us to be strengthened and blessed by God: Ps 27:14; Ps 37:7-9; Ps 40:1; Isaiah 40:31; 1 Cor 1:4-9; Gal 6:9; Col 1:10-11; 2 Thes 3:5; Heb 6:12; Heb 10:36.

8) Patience is pleasing to God: Eccl 7:8; 2 Cor 6:4; James 5:10; Rev 2:2-3.

When everything is going our way, patience is easy to demonstrate.

The true test of patience comes when our rights are violated—when another car cuts us off in traffic; when we are treated unfairly; when a colleague derides our faith, again. 

Patience reveals our faith in God’s timing, omnipotence, and love!

Our former family doctor had a decor in his waiting room that stuck with me –

“God give me Patience, but please hurry!” Selah!

How about that as a prayer point as you ponder on your level of patience right now?

Patience does not develop overnight. Let us keep in step with the Holy Spirit and ask Him to teach us patience!

Remember:“The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him” (Lamentations 3:25).

Have a blessed day!

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