Please understand that I AM not just asking you to have patience with others, but you need to have patience with yourself, and for Me as well. Your life holds so many challenges, with many decisions along the way.
Growth doesn’t always come easy
When I introduce something new, that I would like to build into your life, often you must let go of an old habit or way of doing things in order to embrace the new. Yes change is hard, and it is work, but it is harder still living in stubbornness, selfishness, and pride. These three are the pillars of adversity–a kingdom that rules from the flesh; where love does not thrive, nor does the one who persists on this path.
The flesh nature must go to make room for the soul to grow a heart of love
It takes a moment to change a lifetime; for in that moment, a decision is made, and that is all I need–A willing heart. I can work with that–I will see you through. You’ll be brand new, when I get through…
If you will just decide, and be–
“He who is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.” Proverbs 14:29
“Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.” Proverbs 16:24
“He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.” Proverbs 16:32
“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” James 1:2-4 KJV
“He who gives heed to the word will prosper, and happy is he who trusts in the Lord.” Proverbs 16:20
“Be patient, therefore, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. Behold the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient over it until it receives the early and the late rain. You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. Do not grumble, brethren, against one another, that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the doors. As an example of suffering and patience, brethren, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. Behold, we call those happy who were steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.” James 5:7-11
“–know the God of your father, and serve him with a whole heart and with a willing mind; for the Lord searches all hearts, and understands every plan and thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will cast you off for ever.” I Chronicles 28:9
“I (Paul) therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all lowliness and meekness, with patience, forbearing one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:1-3
“May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.” Colossians 1:11-12