"Patience produces character, and character produces hope. And this hope will never disappoint us."
- (Romans 5:4-5)
God is often more patient with us than we are with ourselves. We assume that if we fall, we aren't born again. If we stumble, then we aren't truly converted followers of Jesus. If we have the old desires, then we must not be a new creation like Apostle Paul stated.
Ask the Apostle Paul to explain love (agápē) and the first thing out of his mouth: “Love is patient” (1 Corinthians 13:4).
If you are anxious about this, please remember this week, "God began doing a good work in you, and I am sure he will continue it out until it is finished when Jesus Christ comes again"(Phil. 1:6).
Nine Verses to Consider
The Bible says we are to be:
“Patien[tly] bearing with one another in love,” (Ephesians 4:2)
“Patient with them all [the idle, fainthearted, and weak]” (1 Thessalonians 5:14)
“Reprov[ing], rebuk[ing], and exhort[ing], with complete patience” (2 Timothy 4:2)
“Patient in tribulation” (Romans 12:12)
“Patiently endur[ing]…sufferings” (2 Corinthians 1:6)
“Patiently enduring evil” (2 Timothy 2:24)
“Imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises” (Hebrews 6:12)
“Still before the Lord and wait patiently for him” (Psalm 37:7)
“Patient…until the coming of the Lord” (James 5:7)
There are no loopholes here. We are to be patient with people, pain, evil, and God.
YOU may wonder why? Because God has been patient with us.