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Patience is not only a virtue; it’s a process. Our relationship with God takes patience. The development and growth of that relationship takes patience. What is patience? When we’re children, we think patience is eating your breakfast on Christmas morning before opening your presents while restraining yourself from diving into the sea of beautifully wrapped pieces of joy. Dictionary defines being patient as “bearing pains or trials calmly or without complaint; manifesting forbearance under provocation or strain; not hasty or impetuous; steadfast despite opposition, difficulty, or adversity.” Living in a microwave generation where everyone wants everything done in two minutes, patience seems a lot to contend.

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So patience is therefore a response and a product of suffering, adversity, provocation, strain, opposition and difficulty. Can I be honest? Patience sucks! But patience is a necessity in the development of our relationship with God and our relationship with others. The foundation of patience is trust. I can make it through the adversity, the opposition, suffering and provocation because I know that God loves me and He’s with me every moment, strengthening, guiding and comforting me. Without his love, his presence, I’d cave under the pressure of the process of patience.

Even when I falter at times under those pressure, like a child, my hope is awakened by God’s love for me. I know that no matter the adversity, opposition, delays and strains, God’s promises for me are assured. His love is real, relevant and trustworthy. Therefore I’m able to love others without grudge, envy or blame because I know they can’t control the outcome of my life. What keeps me intact is knowing that God, who is love, will never disappoint. So today and in the end, I win.