Thursday, December 12, 2019

Give the Best Gifts Ever - Give a Patient Response

Patience is another of those words which we know and use, but do we really stop to think about what it means, and more importantly, are we truly patient; especially with the children we love? describes patience as . . .
  • the quality of being patient as the bearing of annoyance, misfortune or pain without complaint, loss of temper, irritation or the like.
  • an ability or willingness to suppress annoyance when confronted with delay.
  • quiet, steady perseverance, even-tempered care.
I love how they describe being patient as bearing annoyances without complaint and a quiet, steady, even-tempered care.

The Bible gives us a clearer view of patience. Look at 2 Corinthians 13:4 . . . 
Love is patient.
It doesn't get clearer than this. When we love, we show patience, because we love. We learn this from how God treats us. He is patient with us, because He loves us - look at Psalms 103:8 . . .
The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. 
Certainly we are thankful for God's patience with us and we like it when others show patience in their dealings with us - why wouldn't we want to be patient with the children we love? Yes children, in particular young children and/or teens, tend to be quite adept at trying our patience, but we love them, so why wouldn't we be patient with them?

And, the fruit which comes from being grandmas (grandpas & parents, too) who are patient with our grandchildren/children is fruit we want to see. The children we love, when treated with patience, will learn to be people who are patient, too. I know I want my grandsons to learn to be people who are patient - with those they love, the people they see each day and with their own lives as well.

This year as you think about the gifts you will give to the ones you love, give patience; it is one of the best gifts you will ever give them.

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