Think about that one roller coaster that you absolutely love, or when you have not eaten all day and you go to your favorite restaurant.
But imagine you get in line at your favorite ride, and find out that it will take 3 hours of waiting before you can get on. Or maybe that it will take 1 hour of waiting just to be seated at your favorite restaurant.
What do you do?
Do you get angry and leave?
Or do you wait?
We as humans have this natural tendency to want everything right aways, but sadly, we don’t always have the choice of getting everything that we want immediately. We even take this mentality into relationships with others. In relationships if we are not feeling happy, or think that the other person is not bringing enough to the relationship, then we get upset. We might even talk behind their back or build up hatred towards the other person. Or maybe it’s the opposite. Maybe someone else we counted on starts to hate us.
In these times we should be seeking out peace with others, not planning out how we can get back at them. We should be patient with the friendship and not abandon it when we think a better relationship comes along. As Christians we want others to see our good fruits.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness...
Scripture tells us that we need to be patient and bring peace where ever we go so that others will know that we are servants of God.
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love...
Sometimes it’s not other people we get upset with – sometimes we get upset and impatient with God. In those times, we need to remember that God’s intentions are not to make us mad with him. He is peace, he extends his peace to us. It comes down to us to decide if we want to be patient and if we want to pursue peace with God.
Let us work towards being patient and bringing peace to those around us.
WRITTEN BY: BLAKE HERZBERGER
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is ...peace, patience...
1 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love...
13 May the God of hope ll you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
- Why is it so important that we as Christians are peaceful and patient?
- How can you bring peace to a relationship that has brought you frustration or anger?
- Read Romans 15:13. Why do you think “Hope” has such an important role in peace?
- What areas of your life could use more peace?