Patient ≠ Suffering | Patient = Rest
We want to be patient because patient is in the definition of LOVE and it is listed first. How many of us have cried out to our Lord, “Please make me patient and do it now!”
We just do not think we can change or we think we do not want to be patient because we associate it with suffering.
So let’s think about our thinking.
We do not have to become patient. It is called “BEING” patient.
We actually can be patient right now. How?
Patience is NOT changing or suffering, as we might think. To be patient means to remain the same in whatever circumstances.
Let me repeat that. It means to remain the same in whatever circumstances.
So first, spend time with the LORD.
Decide to act according to the TRUTH as it is revealed to you in God’s Word and then….
Then, Remain the SAME. Under whatever the circumstances. Remain the SAME. REST in the LORD.
And there you have it. You are patient.
Sounds easy, right? Just remember that you will have to make the CHOICE at the moment of the Stimulus to Respond according to the decision you already made.
Newton’s Law says, “An object that is at rest will stay at rest unless an external force acts upon it.”
Since an object at rest remains at rest, the work of being patient is just remembering what you already decided to do under the circumstance you happen to be in and then REMAIN at REST. The effort is only in re-focusing off our present circumstance and back onto our Redeemer being PRESENT.
If I am stuck in line and there is only one register open, even at the self-check, I just CHOOSE to remain the SAME- I remember that I have decided ahead of time that my Savior is called the WAY so I choose to spend the moments waiting meditating a scripture about loving my neighbor INSTEAD of grumbling at the employee who probably cannot do anything about HER circumstance except CHOOSE how she will act.
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. [Colossians 3:15]