Have you ever noticed how often the authors of Scripture exhorted their readers toward patience?
Here are a few examples:
Love is patient… (1 Corinthians 13:4 ESV)
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love… (Ephesians 4:1-2 ESV)
Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. (Colossians 3:12-13 ESV)
And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. (1 Thessalonians 5:14 ESV)
When we think of patience, we often think of waiting out trials or sufferings. And, there are passages of Scripture that encourage us toward that type of patience and perseverance.
However, the passages above have something in common: they all relate to being patient with one another.
Which do you think is easier: 1) being patient for God to work in the middle of difficult circumstances, or 2) being patient for God to work in the lives of the people around you?