Ministry of Patience
Therefore, God’s chosen ones, holy and loved, put on heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, accepting one another and forgiving one another if anyone has a complaint against another. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you must also forgive. Colossians 3:12-13 HCSB
Patience is the one thing I have been told consistently not to pray for. The reason I have been told that, is because God will be sure and give you training exercises such as, counseling the cat after she has been placed on top of the moving ceiling fan because your child is sure that she will be the newest YouTube sensation, or cleaning up the mess that the same coworker keeps making over and over.
God created us all different; introverts, extroverts, type A personalities, creative hot messes, we are all God’s carefully crafted workmanship. What Paul is telling us here is that we are God’s chosen ones, we are holy and loved. He is not telling us that we “can be chosen, holy and loved” but we are these things; and with these things, there comes obligation.
We all need grace, but we are all also called to be givers of grace. Patience isn’t just a virtue, it is a ministry, a reflection of the love God has for us, and one that is fueled by love. When we exercise this ministry, as difficult as it may be sometimes, the love of God is ultimately glorified, and we grow as well in the process, and that, sisters, is a beautiful thing.
God thank you that you made me your chosen child, and that you exercise patience with me daily. I thank you that I am beautiful, chosen and holy, and loved. Help me to exercise grace patience, fueled by your love when needed, remembering that my actions are a reflection of you. In your Holy Name I pray, Amen.
Are there ways you could exercise grace a little more?
Ask God to help you exercise that grace when it seems difficult, and to let the Holy Spirit fill you with peace.
Chelsi Woods is a Jesus loving, tattooed soccer mom, who’s passionate pursuit is making sure people know their worth in Christ alone. Effected by loss through suicide at a young age, through music, public speaking and writing, Chelsi hopes to bring people closer to Christ and offer the message of a supernatural peace and hope in Christ and Christ alone. Her hobbies are Pinterest fails, dad jokes, and embarrassing her 10-year-old daughter with her solid dance moves.