December 13, 2020

The song says “they will know we are Christians by our love.” I imagine the Apostle Paul would modify those lyrics to include patient love!

Ephesians 4:1-3: I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

To live in the world with humility and gentleness does indeed require patience – a patience born within us of the love of Christ. Patience doesn’t mean being a doormat to the personalities of others, but it does mean making space for the Spirit to unity us in peace – as we are patient with each other, we keep the door to relationships and renewal open. Patience is truly a gift to us and to us through us – such spiritual fruit we are called to bear!


Almighty God,

You are amazing and awesome. You are great and glorious. You are powerful, and You do impossible things.  I come to You and pray that You would transform me so that I enjoy the beauty of patience.  May I become the patient person that You are leading me to be. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen

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