28
Oct
15

Seed of Patience

The minute the words are out of your mouth, you are sure something you can’t handle is going to loom over your horizon!!! And you are convinced that you are not equipped for it…

I’m here to tell you, you are. And, I’ve got proof.

Ga 5:22

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, (WEB)

However small, the seed is there inside you, just like the seed of faith. God planted it there by His Spirit and it will grow. You must exercise it.

But, I caaaaan’t.

(Don’t whine.)

Take a deep breath.

This includes the jerk who just cut you off…

1Co 10:13 No temptation has taken you except what is common to man. God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted above what you are able, but will with the temptation also make the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. (WEB)

We are not responsible for growing the seed. It is our job to exercise it. Build up that spiritual muscle by working it.

1Co 13:4

Love <agape> is patient and is kind; love doesn’t envy. Love doesn’t brag, is not proud, (WEB)

I started reading a book about pleasing the Father and discovered the primary theme was Agape. Ugh, not again! The author made an interesting point about Eros, which we normally interpret as a sexual desire. Perhaps, better said, it is a fleshly “love.” We can eros our car. We can eros food. We can eros ourselves!!! Which means we selfishly prefer ourselves above any body or any thing.

But, when we agape someone, like God, we see them through His eyes and His love and are patient with them, looking beyond their humanness. Using agape, we cultivate our patience plant so it will grow.

Let’s exercise our patience muscle today! I had to use it last night…

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