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Do You Struggle with Patience?

Patience is so hard for me. I envy people who have tons of patience. It’s one of the areas where I have to rely on God. On my own, I don’t have any patience! I pray for patience all the time. In fact, it’s probably the “virtue” that I must work on the most. I have to pray for it constantly because if I don’t, I become frustrated with everything and everyone around me very quickly.

The Bible calls patience a few different names: patience, endurance, constancy, and my favorite – longsuffering. You’ll only find the word longsuffering in certain translations. Longsuffering is my favorite word for it because it describes how I feel in situations that require patience – I feel like I’m suffering for a long time and it’s usually not enjoyable.

WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT PATIENCE

The Bible talks about patience and how we’re to have patience with each other and in our life situations. The way we know that we’re supposed to be patient is because this is how Jesus is. We need to be just as patient with others as Jesus is with us.

Here are two example situations in the Bible that deal with patience:

  1. Galatians 6:2 Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ. The law of Christ refers to Jesus’ command to “love your neighbor as yourself”. To help each other through tough situations we need to have patience. Someone’s situation may seem very hard to them but very simple to you. You must have patience with them even when you feel like they are making things harder than they need to be. It takes a lot of patience to bear each other’s burdens.
  2. James 1:2-3 Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. When it feels like your faith is being tested, are you patient or do you get frustrated? Honestly, sometimes I get frustrated. This testing of faith challenges us to stay strong in our faith for a longer period of time than maybe we’re comfortable with.

Prayer is also something that requires patience. God doesn’t always answer our prayers right away, so we must wait for His answers. Patience is hard for many people and we live in a world where we are constantly surrounded by something called instant gratification – the ability to get what we want right away or within a short amount of time.

Remember – God builds patience in us so that we can endure difficult things such as trials and “situations” with friends, family and people who may seem difficult. The more patience we have, the easier it becomes to show God’s love to the world.

And let endurance (patience) have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. — James 1:4

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  1. Posted by on July 10, 2011 at 19:26

    I struggle with patience because i am still waiting for a boyfriend and it seems like everyone around me has a boyfriend and i feel left out…. i know that God will put my future husband in my path when I am ready but i just need to learn patience… i pray everyday to God that i need patience and im slowly learning patience and i know that when the time is right God will bring a guy in my life…. I recently thought that God doesnt bring a guy in my life now because i am still spiritully growing and i have only been a christian for two and half years now and that im still growing and giving my trust to God… but once we find a guy we have to put God in the center of our relationship because if God isnt a number one goal in your relationship then it will never work

    • Posted by Nicole on July 11, 2011 at 00:27

      He WILL put Mr. Right in your path, but you need to grow up more. I feel God is telling me to say this to you: He loves you more than you know, He holds you in the palm of his hand day and night, and he will watch you and guide over you until you are ready to handle a serious relationship. You’re not quite ready yet, so don’t give just any boy your body. Your body is a temple, and a tent for the Holy Spirit to work within you. Pray for patience, because He WILL show you the one in time!

  2. Posted by on July 8, 2011 at 18:01

    Envy is bad too. So maybe work on patience and envy? 🙂

  3. Posted by on July 8, 2011 at 04:21

    In the last verse that Jenn shared with us…it says “This testing of faith challenges us to stay strong in our faith for a longer period of time than maybe we’re comfortable with.” Does this mean that Christians always struggle with their faith? I have been struggling with my faith for the longest time. One day I’ll have all my faith in Him, and the next I’ll doubt Him completely over and over and over. Is this suppose to happen to prepare us and strengthen our faith. Are we suppose to “embrace” our doubts so we can prove them wrong and eventually realize that all of our doubts were wrong? Sometimes I can feel His Love and other days, I can’t feel Him at all and I feel so lost without Him. There’s so many things on the internet that I’ll read and it’ll hurt my faith. I’m just wondering if all these things are to test or slowly strengthen my faith over time? Is it normal to doubt Him so much like I do? Great article by the way!

    • Posted by Nicole on July 8, 2011 at 14:33

      It is completely normal, I went through that too! I suggest writing a prayer journal, and praying to Him about things you want to happen in your life, how you want to feel, etc. THat’s what I do and it’s so miraculous to see these things come to fruition because of Him! Continually pray, keep scriptures on hand, and know He is always with you, he sees what you see, He knows what’s going on with you at all times. Ask Him to strongly feel His presence and to guide you with all things. He will make His presence known, I promise you. Stay in the faith.

      • Posted by on July 10, 2011 at 08:34

        Thank you Nicole! I will definately try making a prayer journal too! 😀

      • Posted by Nicole on July 10, 2011 at 13:45

        great!!

  4. Posted by on July 7, 2011 at 18:55

    this website seems cool and I am a christian who struggles alot with stuff like this so hopefuly this website can help me 🙂

    • Posted by Nicole on July 7, 2011 at 19:27

      yes it will! I promise Kamaria. Gorgeous name btw!

  5. Posted by on July 7, 2011 at 18:38

    I’ve been getting impatient with God lately becuase I been praying for a boyfriend for a year, and he hasan’t answered it yet. I have to realize that what seems like 3 years to us is 2 seconds to God. He may not come when you want him, but he’s ALWAYS on time.

    • Posted by Nicole on July 7, 2011 at 21:39

      Yes her is! Mr. Right hasn’t been led to you yet, but trust me God will eventually put him in your path!