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Patience is a virtue

Published:Saturday | February 6, 2016 | 2:00 AM

KRAAL, Clarendon:

As humans, our patience will be tested from time to time and it's the faith that we have within us that gives us the tolerance and endurance to live out those tests, so patience works hand in hand with faith, and it has been proven to be impossible to have one without the other.

According to Pastor Errol Grey of the Mount Zion Apostolic Church in Beckford Kraal, Clarendon, "There can be no patience without faith and endurance. When you look at 2 Peter 1:6 'and to knowledge temperance, and to temperance patience and to patience godliness.' Faith and patience goes hand in hand, but most important, you must develop faith before you can learn to have patience."

He explained to Family and Religion that through faith, one develops patience, which is a process that gives persons the ability to wait.

PATIENCE ANDENDURANCE

"The Psalmist says, 'Wait on the Lord and be of good courage', and patience is what gives you that hope of waiting. James 1:3 says, 'knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.' The bottom line is that in having patience, you must have endurance which will give you a calmness in your spirit which will work along with your faith. Patience is a virtue and it will lead you right into endurance and then you will persevere in whatever you do."

Using Christ's own life as an example, he explained how, "He (Christ) came to save us and although he could have, he didn't just come and shed his blood to save us to hurry and get it over with, he showed patience and kept his faith in his father and endured his tests until his time came. So you also must understand that you have to be patient towards all men and that teaches us how to be tolerant and live good with each other. Having patience is not a hurry come up thing, you have to submit yourself and allow it to grow and develop over time and that in itself will teach you patience," he said.

Life's situations will always work out better for you when you exercise patience. The Scripture says, 'they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.'

"Some people want to grab the bull by the horn and it don't work like that, you must know who you believe in and in whom you trust, and in whom you have confidence, and that will help you to keep on keeping on."

So in your Christian walk, you must have patience, and Hebrews 12:1 says 'let us run with patience the race that is set before us'."

- Shanique Samuels

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