"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control; against such things there is no law." Galatians 5:22-23
Patience one of my least favorite words; I don't have it, my house doesn't exemplify it, and I didn't want to pray for it. Why is this such an avoided word? The definition of patient is bearing pains or trials calmly without complaint. Ok, so this doesn't seem like fun, no wonder I am avoiding this topic. The thought of this definition makes my skin crawl, but it doesn't make it any less necessary.
The bible says "Consider it pure joy my brothers whenever you face trials of many kinds" James 1:2. So the bible doesn't only tell us what the definition tells us; which is to bear the pain calmly as we are beaten down with trials, but we are supposed to be joyful, makes you think doesn't it?
Why would the bible tell us to have joy, which is great pleasure or happiness. James goes on to tell us that testing your faith produces perseverance; perseverance produces maturity. Therefore we should be joyful that we are growing. Did you ever have growing pains? My daughter had them really bad over the past few years. As she would lay there in pain, even though I would try to help take away the pain, she would groan. I remember one day she asked why it had to hurt so bad, I told her that if it didn't hurt she wouldn't grow. Growing is painful, if it's not, your probably not growing.
Romans 5:3-5 says "Not only so, but we glory in our sufferings because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us." Do you see it? It's a progression, if we are suffering, know that this suffering will teach you to keep on truckin', if you keep on, you will produce character which will bring you to hope. Hope is Holding On to the Promise of Eternity. So if we want that promise of eternity with our Father, we need to endure the work right now.
Though the trials don't come from God, He will use them to mature you (Rom 8:28). Whether you believe it or not, there is an enemy trying to push us from freedom, steal your joy, destroy your faith, kill your hope, and make you ineffective for God. If you sit and wallow in your trial, you are helping the wrong team. So let's persevere through adversity as a kite perseveres through the opposing wind; that we also may fly toward maturity in our faith in Christ.