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Patience

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient…
Ephesians 4:2

Patience is the fourth fruit of spirit. To be serene, peace, happy and being lovable to others, we should first learn to be in patient. God expect this from us, importantly forbearance.

(For Tamil Version – தமிழ் பதிப்பிற்கு)

Being patient in our speech

One day while I and my friend was travelling in a bus, an old man occupied a seat next to us. He shared an incident that happened in his youth age. At that time, he was a construction worker in Indian Railways (a government job). He was cleaning himself from the second floor. Unfortunately, unclean water fell on his top official. Official in his anger, scolded this person. Being an illiterate and rogue in character, instead of requesting a pardon, he scolded back in return. The altercation changed to scuffle. Official replied him back the authority he has over him. But this person resigned the job with anger.

After the incident, he searched everywhere for the new job. He neither got a standard job nor a government job. As the days went, his son got married and grabbed all the properties legally and went out to live with his wife. This man was left stranded with his wife. Now, in his old age, he is travelling from his remote village to town to earn something for his daily needs. In addition, he said, “If I had been patient towards my official, I should have sit with my wife and eat with the pension amount”.

Yes, if he had been patient, he wouldn’t have experience such difficult situation in his old age. In our day-to-day life, we would have also spoke some words impatiently. It would have brought some impacts in our life. Bible says, “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry” – James 1:19

We break the hearts of the person when we speak impatiently. Many times, the words that we spill creates a scar in the hearts of that person. Under any circumstance, let us learn to speak patiently. When we speak so, we leave some time to let our mind think the right thing.

Being patient in our actions

We would have heard the proverb – Haste makes waste. Every action we do should be handled patiently. When we lose our patience, our blood pressure increases, the decided result would not be up to the expected level.

Many times, in traffic signal, when the light turns green, I hear the horns sounding from the vehicles behind two or three rows. While the driver waits for about 2-3 minutes, he is not having patience to leave few seconds for the vehicles before him to move.

We have a serene mindset, when we adopt patience in our mind. We do things with relax when we have serene mind. We help our mind to think when we are in relaxed mood. Things that we do after thinking will not end in failure. When we are patient, our environment will also appear so. When we speak to an angry person patiently, there are chances that he returns to a normal state.

Being patient with God

We often expect God to do things for us immediately once we make a request to him. Bible says, “There is a time for everything” – Ecclesiastes 3:1. Our God decides the time frame and does things with perfection in that time frame. But we humans, develop some desires inside ourselves and start acting. Many times, we forget to consent God for his will, we forget to think ourselves if our desire is pleasing in the sight of God. In these situations, God let us proceed in our way and after a punishment he makes us to stand in line with him.

Sometimes, though God gives us some promises, it may take some time to fulfill. That is like the case of Abraham, though God promised him, he waited nearly 25 years to experience.

An inheritance claimed too soon will not be blessed at the end. – Proverbs 20:21

So, let us keep patience in all things and reveal the fruit that God expects from us.

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