James 1:4 "But let patience have its perfect
work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking
Patience brings us to perfection and wholeness.
It is one of the most powerful weapons we have in our spiritual
arsenal. When we let go of it, we replace it with impatience. This
effectively benches us from the game and we stop "contending" for the
faith (Jude 3).
By patience we possess and take government over
our souls (Lk 21:19). Patience is the first attribute listed for
being an apostle (2 Cor 12:12). It is the first attribute listed for
love (1 Cor 13:4) and also ministry (2 Cor 6:4). It is the gateway to
prosperity and wholeness.
It is an essential component to receive
promises from God (Heb 6:12). It is one of the fruit of the Spirit
that we've already received (Gal 5:22).
As with any gift it must be developed. Like a
muscle, the more we exercise it the stronger it gets. If we leave off
from using it, it atrophies.
It is the quality that keeps us steady like Him
Who is the same yesterday, today and forever. And if we stumble and
fall, we can be patient with ourselves to pick ourselves up, dust
ourselves off, and go at it again.
We have all things that pertain to godliness
and life (2 Pet 1:3).
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