Patience: The Forgotten Virtue

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

Yet the Bible tells us that the promises that await Believers are inherited though faith and patience!

What is patience?

Patience is a precious and rare jewel of quality character! Patience is a wonderful expression of humility and excellence! But sadly, patience is an almost-forgotten virtue that is sorely lacking in many Believers today!

When we are fretting and restless over difficulties in life, how do we respond to them? Are we calm and prayerful, or do we react with irritation, impatience and anger?

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

We all know that a prideful spirit will ultimately cause grief, for ourselves and for others.

Things are simply much better in every way, for us and for those around us, if we can learn to be patient in spirit!

Inheriting The Promises

Everyone is 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 see our need to ask Father for His help to be patient!

When we are being patient, we are learning a valuable key ingredient to our 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 Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God], then that is a victory for us! That is when we are ‘walking in the Spirit’ because patience [longsuffering] 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 begin to slow down, 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. It is enduring. It is forbearing and persevering. It is continuing to have fortitude, even in the midst of troubles.

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!

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 that you could see more fruit in your walk with God; if you wish you could “walk as He 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 your family and friends (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:

In your patience, possess ye your souls….
And thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly….
And he that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed,
shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.
(Luke 21:19; Matthew 6:6; Psalms 126:6)

May you and I determine to value and cultivate this wonderful and precious Fruit of the Spirit — Patience!

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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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