Patience is, as they say a virtue. It takes a lot of effort to develop patience.
But what is patience,
Webster’s 1828 dictionary defines patience as the suffering of afflictions, pain, toil, calamity, provocation or other evil, with a calm unruffled temper; endurance without murmuring or fretfulness.
Patience is also defined as perseverance constancy in labour or exertion and the quality of bearing offences and injuries without anger or revenge. Since patience is basically the ability to persevere and face opposition or suffering without complaint or taking revenge, it will be wise to understand that it’s not easy to develop. But since we have God spirit in us it’s possible for us to have patience.
THINGS TO DEVELOP YOUR PATIENCE
1. Be thankful that trials produce patience.
No one wants to undergo suffering without any expected result. Body builders lift heavy weights to grow muscles; athletes exercise and practise to get better at their sport; in the same way, trials develop patience. Think this way; the more trials we face, the more opportunities we get to develop patience. James 1:2-3 “My brethren count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience”.
2. Focus on Jesus
If we want to develop patience in our lives, we need to look at the ultimate model of a patience man – the Lord Jesus Christ. Hebrews 12:1-2 “Therefore we also since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay a side every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith , who for joy that was set before Him endured the cross ,despising the shame , and has sat down at the right hand of God”.