What Patience Is & Isn’t . . . The Process of Faith (part 2c)

What Patience Is & Isn’t . . . The Process of Faith (part 2c)

~ This blog post is an adapted excerpt from a sermon by Peter DeWitt.  You can hear the whole sermon, The Process of Faith (part 2),  from Agathos Church – a non-denominational Christian Church in Columbus, Ohio by clicking here.

Before I share any more about patience and its role in the process of faith, I want to make sure that I delineate what patience is and is not.  Like Pastor Brad has been doing as it relates to humility – we want to have a Godly understanding of patience – not a worldly one.

For starters, here is how The New Oxford American Dictionary (Second Edition) defines Patience:  “the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without becoming annoyed or anxious.”  I think that definition is pretty good.  That said, I would modify The New Oxford definition slightly to say:

Patience is “the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without losing faith.” 

Another way I would define patience is:

Patience = Faith over Time

Patience DOES NOT EQUAL “forget that you wanted IT so you’re not disappointed if you don’t get IT.”  In other words . . .

No Faith requires No patience. 

There is no need for patience outside the context of faith.  Patience DOES EQUAL “I know I will have IT, so I am fine waiting for IT.”

In short, patience is OF FAITH.  Patience is fueled by faith.  Patience is not “wimpy” or “non-expectant” or “caving into disappointment” – patience is the “the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without losing your faith!”

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