Becoming Jesus (Part Five: Patience)

Text: Colossians 3:12 (NIV)
Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience

Patience means the bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune or pain, without complaint, loss of temper, irritation, or the like. 

The King James Version uses "longsuffering", the NIV uses "patience" in our text. Going back to its root in the Greek, it means patience, longsuffering, forbearance, slowness in avenging wrongs. 

Galatians 5:22 NIV - But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forebearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness...

The word occurs 14 times in the New Testament. It's presented as a virtue the Holy Spirit develops in us and a characteristic of a life that follows Jesus Christ. 

Impatience - the antithesis of patience - is a lack of tolerance, a restlessness. At the very root of impatience is anger. 

5 Keys to Dealing with Your Anger:

1. Resolve to deal with it (see Proverbs 16:32).

2. Realize the cost (see Proverbs 29:22). 

3. Reflect before reacting (see Proverbs 29:11).

  • "When you're angry, count to 10 before you speak. When you're very angry, count to 100." - Thomas Jefferson

4. Re-pattern your mind (see Romans 12:2). 

  • The way you think determines how you feel. The way you feel determines how you act. Your beliefs control your behavior. 
  • Paul says in II Corinthians 10 that we are to capture our thoughts, challenge our thoughts, and then change our thoughts.

5. Rely on the Holy Spirit (see Romans 15:5).