Love. Joy. Peace. Patience.
Love, joy, and peace. They can be felt. From the core of your being, these fruits of the Spirit can emerge. Patience is different. Patience is a process. Patience is *the* process. We make a mistake when we try to feel patient. Patience is action…and sometimes that action is in waiting, enduring.
“Through patience a ruler can be persuaded, and a gentle tongue can break a bone.” –Proverbs 25:15, NIV
Notice the phrasing of patience. Through patience. Patience is a path to be walked.
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” –Colossians 3:12, NIV
Patience can be a quality by which others describe us, but it is a quality that is earned through walking the way of patience. The stripes of patience come through walking the road. The stripes earned through the battle of enduring cannot be won any other way. And the first step to patience is revealed to us in Proverbs:
“A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.” –Proverbs 19:11, NIV
Patience emerges from wisdom. If you lack patience, the key may not be to pray for patience, but instead to pray for wisdom. For when we better see this world with the eyes of God, the more easily the path of patience becomes. Seek the Lord’s wisdom in a situation, and He will give you the wisdom you need to walk in patience.