As a little girl I recall overhearing women at church talk about patience. Laughingly they would say, I know I need patience but I’m not praying for it because if I do the Lord will give me something to be patient about!
Instead of avoiding patience like a stinky pair of shoes, according to Scripture we should be clothed in it daily. “Therefore as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” (Colossians 4:9).
Such nonsense as not praying for patience lead me for years to skip reading the book of Job. My immature thinking was if I didn’t pray for patience and did not read Job then I would have no major problems in life. Simple foolishness, I admit. None of us are immune to the trails of life and we need the fruit of patience to bear up under them. Is it any surprise the enemy would encourage believers, even through silly sayings, to steer clear of asking for patience in our lives? He would rather his workings to manifest–impatience leading to anger, strife, bitterness and all his other nasty fruits.
Instead of avoiding patience, let’s boldly pray, embrace, and wear patience daily through the power of the Holy Spirit at work in our lives. We can even start our own saying, I’m praying for Holy Spirit to clothe me in patience so God may be glorified in my life.
During March, Mentoring Moments will be talking about patience as part of our Rooted in Christ year-long series. To get us started, you are invited to watch a sermon* by my Pastor on patience. Filled with sound biblical teaching along with practical everyday wisdom, it is a great place to kick-off our month long discussion.
Kellie Renfroe founded Mentoring Moments in 2005 with two friends. Happily married for 24 years to Greg Renfroe, they have one daughter (13 years-old) and three sons (19, 11, and 8 years-old). Visit her new blog, Citizen Mama, follow on Facebook where she shares free Kindle books daily, and Twitter @kellierenfroe.
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