Do you know what I hate? Waiting, but I think this is something that most of us dislike. Our American culture tells us we can have it when we want it, and we want it now. But what does the Bible say about this?
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness,goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” (Galations 5:22-23 ESV)
The instant gratification that society teaches us and our children goes against the very teaching of the Bible. We are called as Christ followers to develop the Fruit of the Spirit. We are to seek the strength to be patient from the Lord.
As a mother of two daughters both under the age of five I have to exercise a great deal of patience. There are times when I feel like I have no patience and there are times when I feel like patience comes easy.
As Christian parents we need to teach our children about patience. We can do this by modeling it to them in our own behavior.
Jesus was the perfect example of patience.
He was fully God and fully man when God the Father sent Him to Earth to die for us. Jesus could have demanded His rights as deity from those who were mocking them, He could have punished His disciples in the garden when they were falling asleep instead of praying. Instead He had patience with them, He had patience for those who totured Him and even pleaded for them with God.
“And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”And they cast lots to divide his garments.” (Luke 24:34 ESV)
When you feel llike you don’t have the patience to wait for your child to do what you ask, or to accomplish somthing as simple as a task that is difficult for them. Draw your strength from Jesus. He will give you the patience to see it through, and your children will learn the value of patiently waiting for things that are worth while; and they will appreciate things that much more.
Nothing that was ever worth anything ever came easy, we accomplish difficult things through patiently and earnestly continuing on. Not through our own strength and abilities, but through power from on high that only the Father in Heaven and the King of Kings can provide.