Updated: Apr 1
March 11, 2021
A search of the word “patience” in the Bible yields a couple of dozen verses where it appears. In these verses, the concept of patience is associated with the following words: love, endurance, character, courage, hope, steadfastness, persistence, kindness, humility, gentleness, faith, persuasion, salvation, self-control, well-doing, teaching, understanding, bearing, graciousness, courage, and future.
I decided to write about patience in today’s reflection because learning and practicing patience is a constant challenge in both my daily life and spiritual journey. Patience is a powerful concept as its association with such long list of other important concepts shows. Patience, one of the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), is key in sustaining me through tribulation (Romans 12:12) and reminding me of the critical importance of humility when learning to be patient, not only with others (such as loved ones and co-workers), but also with myself.
The importance of cultivating patience in our heart and minds is eloquently expressed by a beautiful verse in Ephesians: [I] urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:1-3, ESV
These reflections are meant to challenge us on our journey through Lent. Please feel free to share your thoughts and comments with us.