When things are going good and times are simple, we can all say that patience is simple and easy. Anyone can wait for anything so long as it doesn't cost him anything. In today's day and age, though, patience seems like a commodity that only the few have and many ask for. In times of trouble, stress, need, or anger, patience is the only thing that will ever help keep you grounded in your faith and stay the course.
How do you acquire patience in these times? What secret verse is in the Bible that will help you be more patient and weather the storm? This is a simple article that will show you what the Bible says about patience and how you can acquire it.
The first step is to stay obedient. On your own, you must decide to be patient. You alone, must make the decision, and can not expect anyone to give you patience. This can be the hardest part, so you can help yourself by writing a note on your mirror, on your fridge, somewhere you will see it every day, that can simply say 'Be patient.' A simple reminder such as this can make a big change in your life. The first step is to stay strong in your faith and continue to worship and further your walk with the Lord.
Acts 2:42 says 'And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teachings and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and prayers.' In the verse, it uses the word 'devoted,' and the dictionary defines devoted as 'zealous or ardent in attachment, loyalty, or affection.' You have to make a steadfast decision to be loyal to prayer, fellowship and reading the Bible.
Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 15:58 'Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.' Never stop working for the Lord, and never doubt the Lord, for he is always there. Patience does not mean sitting down and being unshakable for months. In fact, Paul encourages others to be 'always abounding in the work of the Lord.' The Lord is there and he sees all you do, and we will always bless you 10-fold for the work you do for him.
Finally, 2 Peter 3:17 says 'You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability.' This is a warning from Simon Peter, who tells you that, no matter what, do not let everything around you bring you down. The world can be falling apart, but as believers, we have an eternal salvation, and so, you should never let the bad things in the world bring you down and shake your faith.
The second step is to view other examples of patience. Paul has to be one of the most edifying examples of divine patience. Paul's later life was spent being beaten, put in jail, beaten again, put in more jails, and finally killed. Even through all this, he has the faith and patience to write to other churches to help them stay strong, and even told them to be patient.
An example, 2 Corinthians 11:24, Paul writes, 'Five times I received at the hands of the Jews the forty lashes less one.' Lashing is a form of punishment where one is chained to a post and whipped a designated number of times on bare skin while in public. Paul writes that he has been whipped about 195 times, and yet he had taken the time to write many, many letters to churches, encouraging them and building them up. I'm sure you have the power to handle the problems of the world and remain patience and obedient.
Paul even reminds us that it us who has to decide to be patient. In Romans 8:35 - 37, Paul reminds us 'Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.' Paul is writing to us and saying that, no matter what, the Lord is there for us, and nothing on Earth can ever separate us from his eternal Love.
Finally, the sobering truth; life will be hard, being Christian will be hard, but it will all pay off in the end.
2 Timothy 3:12 is very clear in the fact that Christians will have rough times; "Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted." To be patient requires preparation, and you have to accept the idea that things won't always go as planned. From there, you can then make the decision to not be shaken, to stay patient, and to continue to work for the Lord. Paul never wanted to spend the better part of his life in jail, but once he accepted it, he was able to look past the immediate trouble, and help those who needed help.
Trials and troubles are what will help make you more patient than anything you can do on your own. James 1:2-4 says ' Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.' The Bible promises us that these trials will only help to build us up, and help make us better people and give us that patience that we long for.
Only when you realize that trials will come, and that they are beneficial to you, will you find that the world is no longer a hard place to be in.
The hardest part about being patient, especially with so many things going wrong, is that you have to accept that all these bad things are destined to come. No matter what anyone says, everyone has had trials, and no one has had a perfect life full of happiness. The most godly of men -Paul, Moses, Abraham, Joshua, Daniel, even Jesus the Lord--have had to suffer through problems. These problems, though, are all sent by God to build us up as people and make us more perfect people.
The first, and most important step is to make the decision 'No matter what, I will serve the Lord and keep faith in him.' Simply doing that, truly believing that in your heart, will take a load of bricks off your shoulders.
The second step is to look to others that have come before us, for examples of patience. Paul was beaten and killed, Daniel was thrown into a pit of lions, Joshua was charged with leading his people against hundreds of others who were bigger, stronger, and meaner, Jesus the Lord was beaten and then killed. Others have gone through much worse, and they have kept the faith. There is nothing that says you can't.
Finally, you must take the time to realize that these troubles are bound to happen, they happen to everyone, and most of the time, they are out of your control. Take hope though, God is always with us, and these trials we face are going to build us up and make us more perfect people.
To conclude, try memorizing the verse 2 Timothy 4:7 'I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.' You should always keep running the race and keeping faith in the Lord. He is there for you, He cares about you, and He loves you. Your goal is to finish strong, and you can do it.