Patience: Power for Your Perfect Life

Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that you may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. ~ James 1:3,4

The power of patience – I read a devotional this morning about patience. It described ‘patience’ as being “consistently constant”. Ding-dong! Patience is not ‘doing nothing’! It requires us to continue doing the things we know to do … for as long as it takes.

Many people equate patience with silent suffering. [deep sigh!] “Maybe if I just keep quiet and don’t do anything, it (whatever IT is) will go away … get better … stop bugging me!”

Not!

For instance, if your spouse is being difficult, out-waiting him or her will not solve the problem. It will only cause your pent up emotions to build up internally until they erupt. Bad situation.

Patience requires, first of all, a decision.

What do you want? What are you willing to focus on and work for … until it manifests?

A better marriage? Then you will have to decide to act in love in every situation, every conversation, every opportunity. Patience is the power that helps you do that.

A better job? You will have to decide to become more valuable to your employer. Take classes, volunteer for extra assignments, implement cost-saving or money-making ideas to prove your value. Patience will keep you focused on your goal, taking advantage of whatever opportunity becomes available … until you accomplish what you seek.

The decision represents your faith. Faith creates the goal or objective that you believe you can accomplish. Patience without a goal is worthless. It accomplishes nothing.

Next, patience requires commitment.

James told us patience will have a ‘perfect work’. That means you cannot allow discouragement, frustration, anger or any other negative emotion to short-circuit your patient efforts.

Negative emotions defeat patience, removing its God-ordained power to accomplish its work. Instead, let patience lead you to do practical things within your control while you work toward your ultimate goal.

Lastly, patience requires a good attitude.

How will you feel when you actually have the thing you are working toward?

Faith allows you to experience the feeling – the attitude and emotions – of victory BEFORE you actually have it. That’s what faith is –confident expectation! Then, add gratitude (grateful attitude). If you already have it, you’d be grateful, right? Well … give voice to your faith. Thank God for the results you seek as if you already have them.

No matter what is going on in your life, whether good times or bad, it’s important to look forward with expectancy and faith.  To experience more, you must believe for more … and then have the patience to wait – and work – for it. Let patience have her perfect work.

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