“He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.” (Proverbs 16:32)
Today’s Morsel: Probably of all the Fruits of the Spirit, patience is the least spoken of. But it is a virtue that must be developed within us. Peter tells us that we should add it to our faith so that we do not fall (2 Peter 1:5-11). Jesus tells us to maintain it so we don’t lose our souls (Luke 21:19). And Paul relates it as a manifestation of one’s true love when dealing with others. Patience is having the ability to keep yourself under control when you feel like being Ma-Bell and you want to reach out and touch someone. Isaiah admonishes us, “Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:28-31) You must learn how to take control of you, or you will self-destruct. If you faint in the day of adversity your strength is small. So let nothing disturb or distress you; possess that peace and joy in your souls. Possess that peace that the world cannot take away. Remember, patience came with the Holy Ghost.
Sing: They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles. They shall run and not grow weary, they shall walk and not faint. Teach me, Lord, teach me Lord to wait.
Thought For Today: “Let nothing disturb or distress you; possess that peace and joy in your souls, which the world cannot take away.”