Patience: The Forgotten Virtue

Today, with instant communication, fast-food restaurants everywhere, and immediate satisfaction of our interests, the idea of ‘waiting’ for something seems strange and annoying.

Yet the Bible tells us that many wonderful promises for God’s children are gained through faith and patience:

We desire each one of you to show the same earnestness, to have the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises. (Hebrews 6:11-12)

Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. (Hebrews 10:35-36)

But what is patience?

Patience is a precious and rare jewel of excellent character! Patience is the wonderful expression of humility and maturity! Patience is a willingness to trust God and His timing.

Sadly however, patience is an almost-forgotten virtue – a virtue that is sorely lacking in many!

When we are fretful, annoyed, and restless over difficulties, how do we respond? Are we calm and prayerful? Or do we react with irritation, impatience and anger?

All of us can relate to that restless, irritated, and impatient feeling! It can happen to us as quick as lightning! But how can we change our behaviour?

bench-by-the-seaThe Bible tells us:The patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit” (Ecclesiastes 7:8)!!

Patience is basically the opposite of pride or arrogance!

Everyone knows a prideful, arrogant spirit will ultimately cause grief – a grief for ourselves and for others.

Things in life go much better in every way, for us and for those around us, if we can LEARN to be patient in spirit!

Inheriting The Promises

All of us are subject to struggles with fretting, anger, and irritations. We all have moments of impatience. Yet, if we desire to grow up; if we desire to mature and be pleasing to our heavenly Father, then we will recognize that our impatience does not solve problems! Instead, we will realize our need to ask Father for His help to BE patient!

When we are being patient, we are learning a valuable and key ingredient to walking by faith, because it is through faith AND patience that we inherit the promises of God’s Words: Be followers of them who, through faith and patience, inherit the promises! (Hebrews 6:12)

When we are patiently waiting on and looking to Yahuwah Elohim [the Hebrew name for the LORD God], then that is a victory for us! That is when we are ‘walking in the Spirit’ because patience [long-suffering] is a “Fruit of the Spirit!”

Patience’s Requirements

Those who want to learn patience will discern that patience requires a quiet nature — a willingness to listen and to receive the instruction that Yahuwah is trying to give us. Being patient in spirit means we will make a decision. We will decide to start slowing down, decide to calm down, listen, and wait.

Simply being quiet is a huge step in the right direction!

Let’s keep in mind that ‘Patience  IS  Waiting!’ Patience is l-o-n-g–suffering. Patience is enduring. It is forbearing and persevering. It is continuing to have fortitude, even in the midst of troubles, just as our Saviour, Yahushua Messiah [the Hebrew name for Jesus Christ].

If we want answers to our prayers; if we want the wisdom of Yahuwah imparted to us; if we desire to be mature and strong in our walk with Father, then we will value, and cultivate, this precious Fruit of the Spirit — Patience.

It is through patiently waiting on Yahuwah that He hears our cry! (Psalms 40:1)

It is through patience that we gain in understanding! (Proverbs 14:29)

It is through patience that we grow, become mature and complete, and lack nothing! (James 1:4)

It is through patience that we learn to keep Father’s commandments, as well as obtain the faith of Yahushua [Jesus]! (Revelation 14:12)

What great rewards are ours, when we learn to BE patient!

Christ never was in a hurry.
There was no rushing forward, no anticipating, no fretting over what might be.
Each day’s duties were done as each day brought them, and the rest was left with God.”
— Mary Slessor

Wisdom and Patience

Scripture tells us that those who hear the Word of Yahuwah and keep it are wise, and they will bring forth fruit with patience (Matthew 7:24; Luke 8:15).

So if you wish you could see more fruit in your walk with God; if you wish you could follow Yahushua’s example by “walking as He [Yahushua] walked” (1John 2:6); if you wish you had more of Father’s wisdom and understanding, then patience could well be your need!

Do not grow weary in patiently studying the Word of God (Psalms 119:11)!

Do not give up in learning to be as our Saviour, learning to be of a meek and lowly in spirit (Matthew 11:29)!

Do not think that your obedience to Father’s Words is unfruitful (Deuteronomy 5:29, 33)!

Do not stop patiently sowing seeds of God’s truth to those around you (Psalms 126:6)!

Do not stop seeking Father in your secret prayer time (Matthew 6:6)!

For it is through faith AND patience that we inherit the promises. Therefore let us determine to value and cultivate this wonderful and precious Fruit of the Spirit — Patience!

Thank you Father, for Your Word and Your Holy Spirit to help to me know You and follow You. O Father, please help me be more patient and be more willing to be quiet and to listen to Your instruction. Help me be sensitive to Your guidance, in small things and in great things. In Yahushua Messiah’s name I pray. Amen.

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4 comments on “Patience: The Forgotten Virtue
  1. Michaela says:

    In my hardest hardships in life there was one thing, the most important of all, the fruit of the spirit: being patient, and sometimes, I am not joking and tell people: if I have nothing learned in life, but it is patience. Great writing and so very helpful in our times. Much too often we get impatient and try to force it our own ways, if we do, it not by the fruit and gifts the Spirit of Yahuah gives to those who seriously search Him and are willingly to follow His instructions. love&shalom to you!

    • goodnewsfromadistandland says:

      Thank you Michaela, for your comment and insights! Learning patience is one of my constant lessons :)
      Blessings to you!

  2. SevenThousandOthers says:

    It is so encouraging to read the work of others working in spirit and truth with Yahuwah. I appreciate your work, and was so glad to find this blog. May Yahuwah be with you. I will be back!

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