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August 24, 2015

Developing Patience - Colossians 3

On any given day, we may encounter frustrating people and situations, such as the slow driver, mischievous child, or uncooperative co-worker. We may feel like lashing out, but God wants us to stay calm and be patient with everyone (I Thessalonians 5:14).

Why should we want to develop patience?

  • Our calling. Though once alienated from the Lord, we have been made part of His family through Jesus' shed blood. As God's children, we're called to live a life worthy of Him - one that is characterized by humility, gentleness, and patience (Ephesians 4:1-3).

  • Biblical teaching. Scripture tells us to be tolerant of one another, bearing each other's burdens, and responding with kindness.

  • Jesus' example. The Lord demonstrated patience toward Peter's impetuous actions, the crowd's demands, and the leaders' false accusations. We are to cultivate an attitude of composure.

  • Healthy relationships. Our impatience can hurt others and close off dialogue. Responding calmly gives room for the other person to confess wrongdoing, explain his attitude, and make changes.

  • God's approval. The apostle Paul wrote that we are to be joyful in hope and patient in affliction (Romans 12:12, NIV). When we quietly endure our suffering, we find favor with the Lord (1 Pet. 2:20).

The Holy Spirit is conforming us to Christ's image. As we cooperate with Him, He will develop in us the ability to persevere - without becoming agitated - when waiting or provoked. A calm demeanor in times of delay or adversity can be a powerful witness to the transforming work of God.

Used with permission from In Touch Ministries, Inc.

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