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In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16 NIV
God is a God of light. The more we become like Him, the brighter our light shines. If we become known for being patient and helping others, to Him be the glory. He inspires us to do good works.
Good deeds are not a way to earn our way into heaven. It is by grace we have been saved.
When we are saved, our hearts change. Our desires and even our plans change as the Holy Spirit leads us. We can trust Him always. When we read the Word of God, our prayers become less about a list of things we would like God to grant us. Our prayers become focused on His purpose for our lives. Amen.
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If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. – 1 Peter 4:11 NIV
Our words are important. When we are slow to speak and choose our words thoughtfully, we give time for the Holy Spirit to impress upon us what to say. He always gives us the right words at the right time.
When we speak without thinking first, we often say things we may regret later. That’s why it is important to pray before every meaningful interaction that we have with others.
When we go to work and serve others, we sometimes make mistakes because we are still learning. It is okay to be patient with ourselves during the learning process. The Lord can correct anything that we mess up, and He doesn’t blame us for making mistakes. He lets us learn and move on.
Our Lord is worthy of praise for His patience with us! Amen.
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. – Romans 12:12 NIV
If we take time to look, we can find joy in even the smallest things that God has created. The symmetry of a flower, its delicate petals, and its soft fragrance reminds us that we hope to be restored to the perfect balance that God intended for us one day.
Not every day is easy. We don’t know what we don’t know. Sometimes things go wrong despite our best intentions. We have to learn to let it go. Affliction could be minor or major, self imposed or brought on by others. The Lord can give us patience through it all.
When we ask Him for help in prayer, even for the littlest things He gives us insight into. Our faithful prayers will be answered, but sometimes the answers surprise us. The Lord has good surprises planned for us. Amen.
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. – Romans 12:21 NIV
The Lord created the ten commandments for a reason. He was not just giving His people a list of rules to follow. He was providing His people with a set of values that would strengthen their relationships. For example, honoring our fathers and mothers acknowledges the work they have done to raise us well.
By following the Lord’s commandments, we are not better than others, for all have sinned. But by learning to love God’s commandments, we become more kind, patient, and accepting towards others. Nobody is perfect. We can remember that we are all still learning, and our Heavenly Father is very patient with us. Amen.
Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. – Psalms 27:14 NIV
We don’t like to wait. We don’t like waiting in lines at the DMV, and we don’t always want to wait patiently as the Lord answers our prayers.
The Lord is worth the wait. Even though it may seem like He didn’t answer us, He is working in the background in mysterious ways.
We can trust that He will always give us the answer. Amen.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. – 1 Corinthians 13:4 NIV
Self love includes being patient and kind to ourselves. We sometimes focus so much on taking care of others that we forget to take care of ourselves. Self care is a form of self love.
Sometimes we have to honor that we are out of energy by the end of the day and need to take something off our schedule. The Lord understands that our energy is finite, which means that we need to say “no” to some things.
We take pride in our productivity, but there is a time to work and a time to rest. Even God rested on the seventh day after creating humanity. The Lord rested and declared His work good. We can rest and restore ourselves, too. Amen.
The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” – Exodus 33:14 NIV
When we are tired, we need to rest. The Lord knows that we need a day off to restore our minds, bodies, and spirits. This Sabbath rest is essential, not only to honor our relationship with God, but also because we are human and it is very easy to fall when the devil trips us up.
The devil looks for every opportunity to attack us. He wants us to feel angry, frustrated, and resentful rather than loving, kind, and patient. When we feel ourselves slipping, we need to call out to the Lord to help us. His Presence is with us and in us. He is never far away. Amen.
For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; Colossians 1:9-11 NKJV
Sometimes our state of mind is dark. We can’t see the good in our lives because we are physically and mentally exhausted.
When I tested positive for COVID-19 on September 1, 2020, I never would have thought I would suffer for the long haul–that brings new meaning to the word “longsuffering.” I wonder when I will feel back to normal.
The Lord can restore our strength and our joy. We have to be patient. Amen.
Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. – James 1:19-20 KJV
Parenting a toddler can take a lot of patience. It is normal to feel angry or frustrated when children don’t listen. Their brains are still developing so they don’t always understand what we expect them to do.
For example, my little boy refused to wear his pull-up several times. This could be an indication that he is ready for potty training, but it is still aggravating to try to force him to put back on his pull-up. I felt like I spent the better half of the day fighting with him. Toddlers have strong wills.
Instead of yelling and getting mad, we can say a prayer for patience, stop ourselves before we say something not intended or apologize if we let something slip out. This, too, shall pass. Children grow up and we as parents learn how to cope with the hurdles with God’s help. Amen.
Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. They are a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck. – Proverbs 1:8-9 NIV
We take great delight as parents when our children listen to what we teach them. Our Heavenly Father is no different because He is pleased when we listen to Him.
As every parent knows, sometimes children don’t listen. Their brains are still developing, so they don’t always understand what we are trying to say. They can try their best, and sometimes it takes more time and maturity before they understand.
Our God is patient with us and our learning. Whenever we feel frustrated, we can remember how patient He has always been with us no matter how many mistakes we make. Our Heavenly Father loves us and forgives us. He welcomes us with open arms. Amen.