by Jon Barron
We all know and understand that we live in a fast paced, instant gratification society that has little time for slow, timely results for anything. We upgrade our smartphones when a faster model comes on the market. We expect service in our restaurants to never keep us waiting too long because our schedules are way to full and important to be waiting on food, especially at “fast food” restaurants. We pay at the pump for our gas as well as and drive through the ATM’s for all our banking because it’s faster (we hope).
Secondly, are we practicing patience with those that are already in our lives that continue to fail in the faith, or continue to live a sinful lifestyle? Think about how many times Jesus must have shook his head in frustration with His disciples because it was taking them so long to understand who He actually was and why He was here on earth. Yet, He never stopped loving them. He was patient, persevering in relationships that He invested in for the glory of His Father. Who in our lives do we need to extend patient love too? Our kids, definitely! Maybe coworkers, peers, family members, or those we have been discipling for 3 years. The difficulty in practicing loving patience is we desire for people to change now! Receive the Gospel and change all behavior to reflect Christ now!!
We have to practice loving patience, just as Jesus did, because we are still a work in progress and need to be granted patience from our heavenly Father. So let us slow down and invest love into those we interact with on a daily basis. Let us extend patience to people in our lives that we may be frustrated with, but need the love of Christ today. Ephesians 4:2 states “Be completely humble and gentle, be patient, bearing with one another in love.” Let us love in patience.