Patience, waiting

One of the first listed characteristics of love in the famous list in 1 Corinthians 13 is patience: “Love is patient….”

God is Love – therefore we can expect that he is patient.  Understanding that is helpful. Unfortunately, some Christians, when asked, believe that God is angry and vengeful, a tyrant impossible to please – the thought of him being patient with them is unrealised.

As we grow up to be more like our Father in heaven, then we will – very gradually – become more patient.  And understanding patience will in turn mean that we understand him better.

Today’s reading helps me:

Wait for the Lord;
    be strong, and let your heart take courage;
    wait for the Lord!                                                                 (Psalm 27:14)

Waiting is patience.  And that patience is not something scarey and weak – we are to be strong in that, we are to have courage during the waiting, and who/what we are waiting for is the Lord.

In this, we please God.

“The Lord is pleased with those who respect him, with those who trust his love.”  (Psalm 147:11)

If you are waiting for his help today, trusting, know that He is patient.  And He is pleased with you.

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