This is the Fruit of the Spirit I pray for the most. I need patience for another lost shoe; for grumbles about the food I just cooked; for pushing back at homework time; for selfishness; for the inability to hear my voice when the television is on.
I NEED PATIENCE.
Proverbs 15:18 – “The hot-tempered stir up dissension, but those who are patient calm a quarrel.”
Ephesians 4:2 – “be patient, bearing with one another in love.”
The Bible says through patience I can calm a quarrel. I don’t know what your home looks like, but my children know how to have a good quarrel. Patience is not my go-to emotion in such times, but if I’m choosing to believe the Bible (which I am) then I need to train myself to be patient in these times so that I can more easily calm the situation.
And in Ephesians we are instructed to be patient, and to bear with one another….in love. Not just bear with one another, but do it in love and with patience. You’ve probably heard someone say, “Bear with me,” usually when we have to wait. To me that means, “Please wait and tolerate this situation that is surely messing up your entire schedule to the best of your ability.” I don’t want to tolerate my children when I’m waiting. I need to bear with them in love.
And I recently added “Fruits of the Spirit” as a tag for posts, then realized that if you’ve previously signed up to receive emails you must log in to your settings and add this new tag to your email alert. I do apologize, please bear with me. 🙂 See what I did there?