One of the goals of Believers in Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ] is to show Biblical love to others.
But showing love to others can be difficult at times.
Love, which is like a jewel because it many facets. One of these facets is patience.
In 1Corithians 13 [The “Love Chapter” of the Bible] we are told:
“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; love is not arrogant” (1Corithians 13:4).
To love someone is to behave with patience. This is one way we show Biblical love to others.
Patience is waiting – waiting with an expectation in our heart for God’s goodness.
Patience is a vision for waiting to the end.
Patience waits by continuing to persistently plant another seed each day.
A farmer waits as the seeds lie buried in the soil — seeds that are unseen, and appearing as though dead. So also LOVE patiently waits.
Behold, the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient over it, until it receives the early and late rain. (James 5:7b)
The farmer waits silently for the precious fruit of the earth. Every seed he plants is hidden and buried. But the farmer’s eyes are focused on the unseen realm. He looks not at the bare soil where the seed was just planted. His eyes are looking toward the harvest.
So it is with you and me.
Every day, we plant a seed of God’s Word, trusting it will take root and prosper (Isaiah 55:11).
Every day, we plant a patient (and persistent), hidden prayer — a prayer for more understanding, or a prayer for healing, or prayer for the return of a wayward child, or prayer for a change of heart — a change in others, or a change in ourselves.
How often we need this loving, silent, and hidden patience! Just as King David, we patiently wait: “For God alone my soul waits in silence; from Him comes my salvation!” (Psalms 62:1)
It takes patience (and persistence) to remember that God’s timing is not our timing (Isaiah 55:8-9).
It takes patience (and persistence) to remember that Yahuwah Elohim [the Hebrew name for the LORD God] wants us to focus on the unseen, eternal realm (2Corinthians 4:17-18).
It takes patience (and persistence) to remember that our heavenly Father will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him – those who look to Him, hoping in His mercy (Psalms 145:19 and 147:11).
It takes patience to remember to BE patient:
Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For you have need of patience . . . (Hebrews 10:35).
The Holy Spirit often reminds me that I have need of patience!
This “Fruit of the Spirit” — patience — is so very necessary:
Have we yet realized the importance of having patience?
Without patience, we would be spiritually handicapped!
Without patience, the promises and rewards that Father has for His children would not be obtained!
We need great patience (and persistence) to diligently seek Father, so that He CAN reward us!
We need great patience (and persistence) to read and study the Scriptures, so that we can grasp the hope of eternal life.
We need great patience (and persistence) to wait on Father’s timing for His answers.
Consider this: it takes great patience for a mother to wait for, and endure, the birth of her baby.
So it is with our prayers!
We need great patience to pray daily, persistently, regularly, crying out day and night unto Yahuwah, so that we can eventually receive ‘the baby’ — that is, receive the answer to our pleas (See: Luke 18:1-8 and Matthew 7:7-11).
Our crying out for answers waters our heart with more patience. We cry and groan with sounds unclear and mysterious.
Our tearful anguish works patient waiting within us out of necessity.
With our own strength, we cannot succeed! We need Father’s strength to hold us tightly, and keep us near Him, reminding us of His loving care, encouraging us with His Word (See Psalms 139)!
Another day brings us once again to the patience of waiting. Another day for Father’s mercies to be renewed! Father’s hope and joy is restored every morning! (Lamentations 3:22-23; Psalms 30:5; Psalms 143:8).
And so, we wait . . . because we love!
We wait with patience and endurance and persistence because this is how we show Biblical love. We continue to look to Yah, every day, waiting and trusting Him for answers (Micah 7:7).
Love endures! Love hopes! Love perseveres and persists and waits — to the end, to the promised harvest (1Corinthians 13:4-8).
We persistently plant our prayer seeds – though hidden and often tearful, yet precious in Father’s sight:
They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goes forth and weeps, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him! (Psalms 126:5-6)
God is love! And our enduring, persistent patience is the expression of HIS love . . . because love is patient!