Week 44 – Patience

Patience is probably one of our biggest challenges in life. The Oxford English Dictionary states that the meaning of patience is “the ability to accept delay, trouble, or suffering without becoming angry or upset”. Now tell me, who on Earth can go through suffering, delay or trouble without becoming angry or being upset? It is quite impossible to have patience when everything around us is going wrong. The tube delay, that boss who always demands a lot from us at work, the people around us that seem not to understand us, the injustice around the world, the corruption seen almost everywhere. And the list can be infinite regarding our troubles, suffering and stress.

Most of us have heard the story of a man called Job in the Bible. His suffering was very deep and devastating. I do not understand why God let him suffer all the losses and illness he suffered, in order to prove his fidelity. Surely, God knows our heart, why then do we need to go through physical and emotional difficulties over time in order to develop patience in our lives? I believe that we obtain more patience and understand it more, every time we face problems- any problem! Therefore, we can learn to have patience with our partners and friends. We learn to wait for the bus without moaning. We learn to listen more to those people that get on our nerves sometimes, and so on. The rewards of being patient are huge. God blessed Job after his suffering by giving him back everything that he had lost, especially his health. Patience is a virtue gained by hard work; and by hard work, I mean to become more humble, slow to anger, quick to listen, to learn not to judge, and to love as Jesus loved! Do you think this is an impossible mission? I would say no. However, I would say that this is a work that needs our attention 24/7. I will finish by quoting Ephesians 4:2: “Be always humble, gentle, and patient. Show your love by being tolerant with one another”.

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