Do you have the patience of God?

I’ll answer for myself—No! In fact, right now I don’t have the patience of Job or anyone else for that matter. In fact, I think that I have lost all sense of patience. I have absolutely no patience lately with my elderly mother, my dog on steroids (to slow the impact of cancer), and every driver on the road who does not get out of my way. And there a few other people who I can add to the list but will stop here.

Is this being Christian? No.

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Galatians 5:22

There—that’s my confession. Now, what am I doing about it? I’m reading my handbook on life—the Bible.

For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, so that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope. Romans 15:4

What I know is that patience is at the core of love. If you’re not patient you are not living in love. God, the very definition of love, shows his mercy in his patience to us every second of every day. How can I expect to feel that love—and patience—if I don’t let it flow through me to others? The answer is I can’t—and I’m not!

So, I’m reading and making a concerted effort to take in what I know and live by it. I take some solace in that Paul confesses to the Romans that he can’t seem to do what he knows is right.

For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do. Romans 7:19

We are all tested on a regular basis. How we respond shapes the road we walk in life. I’m simply trying to walk the right path, a path that God paves with his love, mercy, and patience.

Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. James 1:19-20

Blessings for a great—and patient—day!