Christian Patience Is One Of The Fruits Of The Spirit
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Galatians 5:22-23 22. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23. Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Patience takes practice, so it won’t do to say, “I’ve never had patience,” or “I’m not a patient person,” and then expect everyone to work around your determination to get angry or to get frustrated. Be the one to smile and let things go.
Don’t point out trivial behaviors in others that may not be acceptable to you, but are not really going to bring anyone harm. A smile and a kind look can dissipate trouble rather than a challenging remark that is guaranteed to instigate trouble.
Shifting to kindness after a heated moment of anger will set the tone for peace to be restored. I believe that small defining moments create who we really are. If we care about others enough to think beyond our personal feelings, we’ll not only be in control of our environment no matter where we are, but we’ll always grow in the direction of successful patterns that will create what we desire to achieve or become.
Christian Patience Leads To Self-Control
Practicing Christian patience leads to self-control which is another fruit of the spirit (temperance). It makes us leaders, and tells others we’re not small-minded, but big-hearted and at the same time intelligent and wise. This amounts to respect and honor. People will give you great blessings because you will be revered as a peace maker and a man or a women who is fair and just.
Let this Christmas develop in you an attitude of looking at the negative sides of others from the point of view of a parent. They see the faults of their children, yet they love them all the same.
We can do this very thing with others. Instead of complaining that someone treated you mean, look at their actions as if they are a child and you are the adult. Think about how that feels. Doesn’t it give you a feeling of empowerment? Don’t you feel very adult and in charge of the situation?
Those feelings will not only bring successful results in the present, but they will create in you a feeling of confidence that you can make what you want to happen.
Let your love so shine this Christmas so that there will be no need to think about New Year’s resolutions. You’ll already be in control to accomplish whatever it is that you want. Let it always be kindness first and let it always begin with you!
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