I love reading the scriptures with a dictionary close by because it helps me understand God's words so much better. Today I was reading about patience in Preach My Gospel under the section about Christlike Attributes. I read “Patience is the capacity to endure….” And I stopped to look up those words and here’s kinda what it turned into..
Then I wrote down my own definition of Capacity to Endure…
The Ability to keep going in spite of something that is the source or cause of suffering.
Then I was confused again and tried to figure out why there was nothing about having a positive attitude in the definition and I had my ‘aha-moment’!!! God has given all of us the capacity to endure because we are his children. Patience is when we use that ‘capacity to endure’… without becoming angry, frustrated, or anxious!
So to sum it up… Patience is the ability which God has given each of us to keep going, in spite of something that is the source or cause of suffering, trouble, delay or opposition, without becoming angry, frustrated, or anxious!
Now I pray for God's grace as I strive to use that ability and develop the patience I need to face adversity calmly and hopefully.