The virtue of patience is often misunderstood. We often think of patience as simply enduring something that we would rather not be experiencing. But the truth is that patience is so much more than just enduring.
The dictionary defines patience as “the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.” Notice that the definition includes the word “tolerate.” To tolerate something means to allow it to happen, even though we may not like it. So when we are patient, we are not just passively enduring something, but we are actively choosing to allow it to happen.
So when we go through tough times, it is an opportunity for us to grow in patience. And as we grow in patience, we also grow in our faith. We come to trust more and more in God’s goodness and wisdom, even when things are bad.
What are the benefits of being patient in life?
One of the benefits of patience is that it allows us to think more clearly and make better decisions. When we are patient, we give ourselves time to gather all the information and make sure we are making the right choice. This is especially important when we are faced with difficult choices or big decisions.
Another benefit of patience is that it allows us to build stronger relationships. When we take the time to be patient with others, we show them that we care about them and are willing to listen to them. This can help to build trust and intimacy in our relationships.
Finally, patience is a virtue that can help us to grow spiritually. When we are patient, we open ourselves up to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. We allow God to work in our lives and lead us down the path He has chosen for us.
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