Hey Fam!! So, I really wasn’t sure what to write about this week. It’s not that God hasn’t been placing topics in my heart to write about, and its not that I don’t have a million drafts waiting to be completed. It was that I didn’t feel compelled, or rather, I didn’t have peace that it was the right week for any of those topics. Honestly, I pretty much decided to skip this week’s post. Until Tuesday night, when I called my sister Shiann out of pure frustration & annoyance with work, school, family, & even dating. I asked her to pray, and per usual, our conversation ministered to me in a way that I couldn’t have anticipated. So, here we are, on the second #MoWisdomWednesday of 2019. Welcome Back!
Patience (noun): The ability to accept delay, suffering, or annoyance without complaining or becoming angry; The ability to wait, or to continue doing something despite difficulties, or to suffer without complaining or becoming annoyed; synonyms: endurance, long-suffering, serenity; antonyms: weakness, fear, idleness, indifference
We have all experienced a season, a circumstance, or a person that disrupts our peace in a special way…in a way that brings stress, anxiety, chaos and frustration that we would like to mark “return to sender”. We try to pray that it would just end so that our peace, happiness and sanity would return to us. And sometimes, we grow impatient with God, wondering why he hasn’t removed that frustration from us.
See, God has called us as believers to represent his love, even when it’s difficult and inconvenient. He has called us to love others, in the way that he loves us. That includes being patient when would much rather cuss someone out. It means showing God’s love and kindness to that classmate/coworker/family member that seems to just be doing cartwheels on your LAST nerve. It means asking God to use that circumstance to reveal the room for growth within yourself and in your relationship with God. It means recognizing that trials don’t just conclude because we’re tired of them.
As we seek God’s face, friendship & fatherhood, the Holy Spirit develops our character. He elevates our ability to represent the truest love to those who are the hardest to love. Remember that God IS Love. Love IS patient. Patience (aka long-suffering) AND Love are fruits of the spirit. As you grow in your walk with God & read the word of God, he will cultivate those fruits in you. I encourage you today, to ask God to help you exercise patience & display love daily…AND specifically ask him for the patience for THAT person & THAT situation.
Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
1 Corinthians 13:4, 7 Love is patient and kind; …7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love, Moniqué Danaê