One of the most painful words in faith is patience. Every time someone says it, they grimace or moan. No one likes to wait, especially for something you desperately want or need. 

It is like the man known for his ambition, drive, and impatience. He'd switch lanes recklessly in traffic to save a few seconds, interrupt friends in mid-sentence, and was always on the lookout for shortcuts.

It, too, took on his relationships. His family felt neglected, his co-workers were frustrated, and his health suffered from the constant stress. He couldn't even enjoy the little things in life.

Gal 5:22-23 (NLT) says that our patience can be the direct result of our relationships with the Holy Spirit.

Here, patience refers to deliberate and enduring endurance in adversity, provocation, or challenging circumstances. It is the ability to remain calm, even amid trouble. But how? The Holy Spirit empowers you to believe that God's plan and timing are perfect. Patience is a reflection of that trust in God.

Patience also helps us to extend forgiveness in our relationships with others. It encourages us to be slow to anger and quick to forgive and work at creating unity with others.  

Dear Jesus, yes, I am saying it. I need You to help me with my patience. AMEN

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