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Be patient  God isn't finishedHere you will find scriptures and quotes about patience… great reminders that seeking to respond to life’s challenges, irritations, and delays with patience is a choice based on faith in God’s promise that He will work all things together for our good. (Romans 8:28). When we choose to respond patiently (even though we may not be feeling patient at all), we take the step of faith that allows God’s Spirit to work in our lives and bring forth the fruit of patience that becomes an inward reality rather than just an outward expression.

I’m still working on choosing to respond with patience (and trust) more consistently and with a hopeful expectancy to see the fruit that it will bear, not only in my own life but within our family. Remember that the first part of the definition of love in 1st Corinthians chapter 13 is, Love is patient.” Tender hearts are waiting to see how we respond. Love is patient  with heart  croppedPatience reveals our love for them, and ultimately speaks to their hearts of God’s love. I can do all things through Christ, who gives me strength (and patience).  It’s time to put our trust in the Lord and believe that when we choose to respond with patience, His Spirit will enable our obedience.  Impatience and anger will eventually dissolve into relief that, through Him, we have been able to demonstrate Christlikeness in spite of our human emotion and frailty.

Scriptures about Patience

perfect work of patienceGalatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Ephesians 4:1-3 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Colossians 1:11-12 May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.

Colossians 3:12-13 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.

Read more: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/bible-verses-about-patience-20-scripture-quotes/#ixzz2IxnWheZr

Quotes about Patience

grunge image of a ladybug climbing cammomile flower“Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace.” – Victor Hugo
(Note: The source for this quote is http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/patience.html )

“Patience is the companion of wisdom.” – Augustine

“Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.” – Robert H. Schuller

“I think Christians fail so often to get answers to their prayers because they do not wait long enough on God. They just drop down and say a few words, and then jump up and forget it and expect God to answer them. Such praying always reminds me of the small boy ringing his neighbor’s door-bell, and then running away as fast as he can go.” – E. M. Bounds

“We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.” – Helen Keller

“Some of your greatest blessings come with patience.” – Warren Wiersbe

“Through the dark and stormy night Faith beholds a feeble light Up the blackness streaking; Knowing God’s own time is best, In a patient hope I rest For the full day-breaking!” – John Greenleaf Whittier

“Teach us, O Lord, the disciplines of patience, for to wait is often harder than to work.” – Peter Marshall

“Endeavor to be always patient of the faults and imperfections of others; for thou hast many faults and imperfections of thine own that require forbearance. If thou art not able to make thyself that which thou wishest, how canst thou expect to mold another in conformity to thy will?” – Thomas a Kempis

they that wait on the Lord“The times we find ourselves having to wait on others may be the perfect opportunities to train ourselves to wait on the Lord.” – Joni Eareckson Tada

“Appearances can be deceptive. The fact that we cannot see what God is doing does not mean that He is doing nothing. The Lord has His own timetable. It is we who must learn to adjust to it, not vice versa. When God’s time comes nothing will stand in His way. We can therefore wait for Him with this happy confidence: “As for God, His way is perfect” (2 Samuel 22:31).”

“God’s guidance will require patience on our part. His leading is not usually a direct assurance, a revelation, but His sovereign controlling of the circumstances of our lives, with the Word of God as our rule. It is therefore, inevitable that the unfolding of His purposes will take time – sometimes a very long time.”

Author of the last 2 quotes above: Sinclair B. Ferguson Source: Discovering God’s Will

“There is nothing which so certifies the genuineness of a man’s faith as his patience and his patient endurance, his keeping on steadily in spite of everything.” – Martyn Lloyd-Jones

“The Bible says the fruit of the spirit is longsuffering. I’ll tell you one thing about fruit: you will never see a fruit factory. Isn’t that right? You see a shirt factory, but you see a fruit orchard. You see, there is no fruit without life. You cannot manufacture patience. The fruit of the Spirit is patience.” – Adrian Rogers

“Humility and patience are the surest proofs of the increase of love.” – John Wesley

The group of quotes above was found at http://christian-quotes.ochristian.com/Patience-Quotes/

“Patience is the transcendent radiance of a loving and tender heart which, in its dealings with those around it, looks kindly and graciously upon them.” – Billy Graham
(Note: This Billy Graham quote and the one below are from http://books.google.com/books?id=MdedttIGeZcC&pg=PT250&dq=billy+graham+on+patience&hl=en&sa=X&ei=HBsCUfOEFo-C8QSpuIDAAw&ved=0CDAQ6AEwAA

“Patience includes perseverance – the ability to bear up under weariness, strain, and persecution when doing the work of the Lord.” – Billy Graham
(Note: the work of the Lord includes building a home and family that honors Him.)

“God does not demand patience from us, He offers it to us. Patience is a fruit of His Spirit.” – Max Lucado, from A Love Worth Giving

Billy and Ruth GrahamFrom Billy and Ruth Graham (spoken by Billy in a recent interview):

“Long before she became bed-ridden, Ruth was driving through a stretch of highway under construction. After sign after sign warning drivers to be cautious, she came to the last one that said, ‘End of Construction. Thank you for your patience.’

End construction


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhen she got home, she laughed and said she wanted that phrase engraved on her tombstone. While we enjoyed the humor, we also appreciated the truth those words conveyed. Every human being is under construction from conception to death. Each life is made up of mistakes and learning, waiting and growing, practicing patience and being persistent. At the end of construction – death – we have completed the process.”

Source: http://www.mariashriver.com/blog/2011/10/qa-billy-graham-his-new-book-nearing-home-life-faith-and-finishing-well

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  8 Love never fails.   I Corinthians 13:4 – 8a

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.   Galatians 5:22-23

“And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”   2 Corinthians 3:18

New International Version (NIV) Scripture verses are copied from http://www.biblegateway.com


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