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Topic: Patience (08/21/08)
TITLE: LET PATIENCE RIPEN
By Donna Varnes
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Patience—something we want everyone else to have, yet not something we care to practice ourselves. We also want God to have patience with us, yet we often fail to reciprocate.
Patience--it is a fruit of the Spirit that is as delightfully refreshing as the best fresh juicy fruit we could ever pick. Something too rare and hard to find fully ripened in our lives. Patience is worth growing—worth nurturing, yet in the end it is a God thing. It is God that is the source of patience and any attempt to grow it in our lives apart from him can only produce artificial fruit flavors. The artificial fruit that self can produce can look and taste similar and fool some but it doesn’t have the natural sweetness and goodness that the real thing has. Our attempts at patience aren’t “natural” and don’t have the same life-giving benefits. We must let God tend our garden and grow our fruit. We are only the grafted in branch yielded to the process.
The lack of patience is really a lack of trust in God and a lack of faith, for when we really believe God is in control and has a plan and purpose for our life we can rest in him and wait. Patience will grow naturally in our lives as we experience God’s love and faithfulness. We learn his Word is true and he is trustworthy so we can relax in him no matter what life throws at us.
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