This segment of The Fruit of the Spirit Series took me a little while to write because I wasn’t sure what to say. I decided to mix the two fruit patience and kindness. I started thinking about some of the things I’ve heard about patience over the years from pastors and teachers. I remember them talking about our society and how things now have to be instant. We want it right now and if we don’t get it at the time we expected then it’s temper tantrum time.
A big problem this world has is that we lack patience. We like having things quick and easy. The faster the better. That’s why there are things like food on the go and instant coffee. It’s okay, it’s all good. We need these things when we are running late and we don’t have enough time. There is nothing wrong with instant and on the go things. The problem is when something takes a little longer than usual and we start getting an attitude with people. Now, if you ask someone to do something and they are slacking off then that’s different story. However, if there is a genuine problem, and the job can’t get done as fast as normal, don’t start disrespecting the others when they are working so hard to fix the issue. Be Patient. Be Kind.
Be patient when it can’t be done as quickly as it used to be. And be kind instead of being rude. That is how we can show the love of God. He wants us to be kind and patient when it’s hard. We are able to show God in us by being this way. This opens the door for us to minister and share the gospel. Just by being patient and kind we are able to spread the love of God.
So the next time you are in a restaurant and there is a problem with the milkshake machine, instead of getting mad at the waiter/ waitress for not being able to bring out you favorite double chocolate shake on time, how about you smile and wait for the issue to be resolved. You could even order a different thing. By you showing that you are capable of being patient and kind, you are showing that God is the one that is in control of your life, not your fleshly desires.
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant.1 Corinthians 13:4
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, 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.Ephesians 4:2
Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.Colossians 3:12-13