Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Patience

The 13th chapter of Corinthians tells us that love is patient and kind, which indicates love and patience go hand in hand. If we truly love, we will display patience, and when we are patient, we are displaying love. The chapter goes on to tell us we should, especially, pray for love because it is the only thing that will last...love transcends everything, even life beyond what we now see.

A few months ago, I read "Love is the Link" by Pamela M. Kircher, M.D., which gives accounts of near-death experiences. The author leaves the reader with this thought, "....our purpose in life is to learn how to love one another in every circumstance and in every encounter."

When I am anxious and lack patience, I remind myself that God is in control of everything; my job is to have faith in Him, plant seeds of kindness and grow love.

"Be still and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10

Copyright 2008 By-Barbara J. Davis

8 comments:

Angie Ledbetter said...

Patience is a virtue because it's so hard to maintain sometimes. We mere mortals love to think we are in control of all things, so we get frustrated when plans don't pan out or people don't do what we expect. Nice post!

Terri Tiffany said...

Psalm 46:10 is my verse. I have used it in the book I am writing as it is sometimes so hard to wait on the Lord to see what he is doing in my life. Thank you for this post -- you write such good devotionals!

Barbara J. Kirby Davis said...

Angie- I have to say that I am not good at having patience. It's something I continually work on.

Barbara J. Kirby Davis said...

Terri- The Lord continually works in my life and reminds me to cultivate LOVE.

Joanne said...

I always tell my daughters,"Don't rush." I think this is another form of patience, letting each moment happen, life moving at its own pace. Sometimes we're impatient for the future and miss the present.

Linda said...

Oh my...how often I have been reminded of the need for patience and trusting in God over the past few months! I often find then when one finally gets to the place of letting go of striving on our own, that breakthrough comes. If only I would learn this lesson faster each time an opportunity presents!w

Barbara J. Kirby Davis said...

Joanne-When I was a young woman I was always wishing for next week, or the next payday, or next year. I was wishing my life away. Now I wish I had all that time back and that I had taken life slowly...enjoying every moment.

Barbara J. Kirby Davis said...

Linda- I completely understand.