Virtuous Life ~ Week 9

Good character is not formed in a week or a month. It is
created little by little, day by day. Protracted and patient
effort is needed to develop good character.
– Heraclitus

I am not a patient person. I wish I was. I struggle so with this though. It is such a struggle isn’t it? Something is not right; there are changes that need to be made. We want to fix it. Right away.

By whom also we have access by faith into this grace
wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also:
knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience,
experience; and experience, hope. – Romans 5: 2-4

Did you catch that? “…tribulation worketh patience; and patience,
experience; and experience, hope…” Now this is one to chew on. I mean, what is this?we  need tribulation in order to build our character? Isn’t there another way?

In tribulation we need to lean on the Lord; that is the time for us to exercise our patience by showing faith. Perhaps that is when we need most to be still. To wait on the Lord, keep His way.  In those times of trials we need to ask ourselves:

1)Are we holding our tempers?

2)Are we biting our tongues?

3)Are we looking at life with a glass half-full of grace?
Practicing the little things prepares us for the bigger
things in life. We need patience to learn and to grow.

With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering,
forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the
unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. – Ephesians 4:2-3
Patience is a virtue that must be exercised if we ever
hope to mature.The best example of this is found in scripture when Jesus prayed on the cross. “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” He had every reason to be angry, spiteful, impatient, and hostile, but He chose patience, forgiveness, and grace.

I am not sure I could say the same thing. In fact this was a topic of discussion in our home just the other day. My mother in law – I don’t know if there will ever be a time when there will be peace with her – I need more patience. I need to show forgiveness for “She knows not what she does” . . .Frustrating.

Is anything too hard for the Lord? Of course not! 🙂

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers
temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith
worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work,
that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. –
James 1:2-4

I read an amazing story about the daffodil garden in Running Springs, California, said to be the largest daffodil garden in the world. It is said Gene Bauer planted the first 48 bulbs in 1958,
describing her persistence by saying, “One at a time,
by one woman. Two hands, two feet and a body
minus a brain.” In forty years she’s planted close to
a million bulbs! “The daffodil garden illustrates the God given
potential each one of us has when we plant
seeds one by one: seeds of discipline, love, joy,
peace, patience, goodness, faith, meekness, and self-control—
seeds that will blossom in our garden one day, a breath-taking garden that draws others to Christ.”

It is a sight to behold. As we plant, as we sow and as we reap, pointing others to Him. I strive daily to remember to take that moment in time; rest in Him, seek Him before I speak or do any thing that may not give glory to my Lord. In the good seasons we shall see a great harvest, if we strive to continue in the faith and plant those seeds that are good and right and true.

 

 

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