Daily Devotional - Patience
“Love is patient...” (1 Corinthians 13:4a)!
Yesterday, I was reminded just how very far I have to go in learning the loving art of patience. I thought I was getting better, but one frustrating call with one particular utility company has proven otherwise. I could excuse my impatience as being their fault, because they are at fault...but not for my impatience. My lack of patience is mine to own. And worse yet, my impatience is showing up a love deficiency and need for further growth of the Holy Spirit’s fruit in my life. God brings along what I term ‘fruit tests’ and ‘fruit testers’ that check our spiritual growth. I confess, I did not pass this latest test with flying colours.
Like many Godly attributes, the muscle of patience is only grown when we resist the urge to be impatient...much like weight training. If a trainer hands you a weight and you simply let it drop to the floor, you will never grow muscle. The weight must be resisted. Rather than allowing the weight to drop with a resounding thud, it must be lifted, pulled or curled to be of any benefit. When the ‘weights’ for building patience are handed to us by God, we must resist the urge to simply drop them to the floor...so that we can strap on the boxing gloves! We may have no desire to grow in the area of patience, but hand them to us He will.
God is not content to allow us to remain in our sinful state. As His children, He challenges us to grow and provides us with needed discipline, like a good Father. Yesterday has proven that my lessons in patience are far from over, as are loving my neighbour, submitting to the Holy Spirit or daily taking up my cross to follow Jesus–the One whose name I claim to bear. May you do better in the ‘fruit tests’ you experience today and I will commit to doing the same.
~ Pastor Jane
First licensed for pastoral ministry in 1994, Pastor Jane Peck has served in camp and church ministries in three denominations, five provinces and in a variety of roles. Her most recent position is that of Pastor at Hope Chapel which she began in 2020. She is excited to see what God can and will do in the days to come!