The Bible tells us:
"A mans wisdom makes him patient.
He will be honored if he forgives someone
who sins against him."
Have you ever been told to have patience?
The patience God is talking about is for those little things like waiting to open your Christmas presents or being patient to go to the park. But it also means to be patient for answers to prayer that might take years to be answered.
When you play a game you do not understand or you are not big enough to play, it can make you upset with yourself and others. It is important to know the rules and purpose of the game. You need to watch and make sure it is fair and everyone knows how to play. Are you patient when someone else is unhappy? God wants us to choose not to get angry or upset with ourselves and others when things are not going our way. We should think about the feelings of others in the way we treat them.
We are not all the same. God has given everyone talents. Our talents may be different from that of our very best friends. Jesus knew we would need to have patience with ourselves and each other. We learn to use the Fruit of the Spirit called patience with practice. We can choose not to get upset because God gave us this wonderful gift of Holy Spirit.
We don't always understand why God says no to our prayers. What we are praying for may not be good for us or maybe we just don’t get an answer to our prayers. We also might not want to wait on God to do something. He wants us to trust Him and use patience with Him too! We need to trust that we will grow. He will give us talents and help us to use them. He wants us to use patience as we love Jesus, others and yes, even ourselves, with His special love.