Patience: Applying Patience Within
Patience is the state of being that occurs between experience and reaction. Whether you’re trying to be patient with yourself, others, or life, it seems to always involve the experience of dealing with delays or obstacles.
By cultivating a practice of patience, you’re able to let go of things outside your control and live with less stress, anxiety, and frustration.
Good day Friends, how are you today. I hope you are doing good.
You see, life require patience. When you look at what it means to have patience, you’re ultimately talking about dealing with your own thoughts and emotions. As a spiritual being, there is an unbounded, limitless presence within you that is constantly seeking expression.
2 Peter 1:6 “And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance PATIENCE; and TO PATIENCE godliness;”
We did look into Self-control yesterday, but after applying self-control, it doesn’t end there. There’s another divine quality the Apostle noticed has to be added to our application of self-control, and that divine quality is PATIENCE. [ What You Can Learn By Being Patience ]
Now, Patience is an opportunity to go through inner-sufferings by applying self-denial and self-control towards an action that is within your right to take. It is your right to take that action, but it is God’s right to intercept you and tell you what to do. So this fruit has to be developed inside us for us to come to a full measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. In order words the kingdom of God’ focus is on the growth of divine characters within the believer.
Now! The Greek word for PATIENCE is HUPOMENó; which means; “A Remaining Behind, A Patient Enduring.” It also signifies; Endurance, Perseverance or Steadfastness. It speaks of The characteristic of a man or woman unanswered from his or her deliberate purpose and loyalty to the faith and piety by even the greatest trials and sufferings: It is having staying power.
Maybe it’s time to look inward and ask why you don’t have patience with yourself. Ask yourself:
- What does it mean to be patient with myself?
- What benefits would I experience by being patient with myself?
- What can I do to become more patient with myself?
Remember that patience is the ability to not be troubled by life’s changes, delays, or other undesirables. It’s the ability to maintain stillness in the midst of disappointment.
Try to practice self-awareness in those moments where you feel the greatest need for patience.
- Pay attention to what arises in you
- Notice where you feel the stress
- Listen to your thoughts
- Take note of your emotions
A powerful benefit to practicing patience is that you cultivate the peace of mind to guide yourself out of these moments. Even the simple act of looking within at a time when you’re feeling impatient can be healing.
Use awareness to maintain your calm. Tap into your stillness and preserve it. See these moments of self-reflection as opportunities to strengthen yourself in self-control and grace.
But how do we know Patience is having an opportunity to grow in us? It is when someone has done something painful to you and you have every reason to walk away from that person, but God says to;”stay there.” It is when you’re doing something for people who aren’t appreciative of your efforts, when everything in you have a justifiable reason to walk away, when you’re boiling within to take a step, make an action to do something wrong or even right, and God says ‘No.’ These are the times when the opportunity for the growth of patience has come.
God does also build this virtue in us by keeping shut some doors we’re desperate to enter, and keeping us back from them so we can develop self-control, skills and Wisdom within an area of our life where we become masters first before owners. Hallelujah!