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Patience: A fruit of the Spirit

A devotion on reflecting the character of God

When I was a little girl, I learned a song in Sunday school about patience. It went like this:

“Be patient, be patient, don’t be in such a hurry
Because when you’re impatient, you only start to worry
Remember, remember, that God is patient too
And think of all the times when others had to wait for you.”

Usually, our teacher sang it while we were taking turns doing something and we, being young children, were not showing much patience as we waited for our turn. My mother also sang it to my younger brothers and me when we needed a gentle reminder to wait patiently, or when we were frustrated with each other. Clearly I heard this song a lot to still remember it after all these years!  

I often find it’s through simple things, such as a children’s Sunday school song, the Lord reminds me of the basic truths of his character and love for me.  

The song reminds me, “when you’re impatient, you only start to worry.” When I’m feeling anxious or worried, it is often out of my impatience. 

It also reminds me God is patient with me. When the challenge I face today is one I’ve faced over and over because my human mind and heart are stubborn, or when I choose to do things my way instead of looking to him, he is patient. 

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” – Galatians 5:22-23

Patience is one of the fruits of the Spirit, which are also known as the attributes of God that are reflected in those who love and serve him. So, when your patience is tested, when you struggle with waiting, “remember, remember, that God is patient too,” and view that situation not as an obstacle, but as an opportunity to reflect the character of God and his love for others. 

Written by Bekah Coggins, director of transition services for Buckner Children and Family Services.

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