VBRD Corner 5/9/2019

VBRD Corner - Patience

Patience is revealed in the long-suffering, slow-to-anger attitude God displays toward us. Consider this stunning example from Nehemiah 9:17-18: "You are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. Therefore you did not desert them [the Israelites], even when they cast for themselves an image of a calf and said, 'This is your god.' "

From this, we learn that patience is a gentle, forgiving attitude toward someone — even in the face of blatant disobedience. (It doesn't get much worse than making a false god.)

Family life grows miserable without patience because, as Scripture says, "We all stumble in many ways." Since we all struggle with sin, our relationships need patience in the same way an engine needs oil — without it, the friction will cause an explosion.

Do our kids see us reacting to our spouses' foibles by belittling them or gossiping about them on the phone, or are they seeing us respond with patience? Just as important, do they see us respond to their failures with the same attitude in which God treats us?

Responding with patience isn't easy. At times it will go against everything we're feeling, but patience is worth the effort it takes to cultivate. It strengthens relationships, feeds our joy and ushers peace into our homes.

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