June 16, 2020
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. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.
How do we find patience? Patience is how we grow as people. By patience we are conformed into a state of greatness and are able to endure all things. If someone is ever truly “great” they possess amazing patience. When you recognize the value of life and of sacrifice, the beauty of true love and real altruism, you find that patience has nothing to do with what others are doing but has everything to do with how much love you find yourself receiving. For one cannot give love, which comes through patience, without first receiving love and patience. And when you tap into the ultimate cause of love, the Being from whom love is manifested onto the world, you find that patience is of little concern. In this state you no longer think of life as one you are living but it is a life in which your purpose is in giving. It is a life of unity and community we live in.
This is the patience found in freedom and the hope we are given.
God, who gives endurance and encouragement, give us the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice we may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Based on Romans 15:5-6)