The world needs more patience. The world doesn’t need to learn to BE more patient (though it’s not a bad idea). The world needs US to be more patient toward it. People need us to be more patient toward them. Your spouse needs you to be more patient. Your kids need you to be more patient. Your neighbors, your co-workers, your extended family and friends all need you to be more patient.
Remember that everyone is broken. Everyone is starting with a disadvantage of some kind that keeps them from being perfect. Everyone is living proof that original sin exists. No one is perfect, and everyone needs to be given a break. They all need you to be a bit more patient with them.
The world needs you to be more patient with them. The world needs you to be a bit more like God who is slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. That’s how the Psalms describes God: slow to anger and abounding in never ending love. In a word: patient. God is not quick to judge, to explode in anger, to yell and scream, and keep lists of wrongs. God is patient.
Paul said it as well in First Corinthians 13: Love is patient, love is kind. The world is filled with sinful people who need that kind of love. Give it a try this week. See how being patient can make a huge difference in the lives of others. See how living out the Fruit of the Spirit will allow your family and friends to know a little bit of God’s grace through you. And while you’re learning to be patient with them, be patient with yourself too!
Dear Jesus, you are slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. Help me to be slow to anger and full of love too. Amen.