Paul writes, "I, therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, urge you to walk worthy of the calling you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience" (Ephesians 4:1, 2, HCSB). Every believer's daily conduct (walk) should correspond to his or her high position as a child of God and fellow heir with Jesus Christ. Let me offer three times when a believer should be patience. We should be patient when people inconvenience you, when they interrupt you, and when they irritate you. These can seem like small things but they are the proving grounds for developing patience in life, and when patience becomes a virtue in your life, then it will greatly benefit your life. In 2005, Jell-O turned 110 years old. The rights to mix fruit flavoring with granulated gelatin to make Jell-o was purchased by Pearl Wait from Peter Cooper in 1845. Pear and his wife, May, thought they could turn a quick profit, but it did not work out. Frustrated at the results of his new investment,
The greatest example of patience is our Lord Himself. Peter writes, "The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance" (2 Peter 3:9, NASB). God is patient in delaying the Lord's Second Coming for your benefit, so that you will come to Him through repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. God is patient with the worst of sinners, but no one should presume upon or try God's patience. The prophet Isaiah writes, "Then he said, 'Listen now, O house of David! Is it too slight a thing for you t try the patience of men, that you will try the patience of my God as well?'" (7:13, NASB). It is possible for us to weary or to try God's patience. There comes a time when enough is enough and God will accept no more.
There is no better way to live than being a patient person. Let God's patience toward you cause you to be patient with others. But also, do not let God's patience toward you go unrewarded. God wishes that you come to repentance and faith in His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Do not let His patience run out.