Clothed in Patience
The Colossians 3:12-14 passage expresses that God has chosen us to be His people, to represent Him in this world, at this time. Added to that privilege is that He has made us holy—set apart and sanctified for His purpose—and dearly loved by Him.
So, what are we to do in response to this?“Clothe ourselves.”
This is an intentional act of the will and a spiritual act of the Holy Spirit. It’s a picture of us choosing to walk in the Spirit and in so doing, being conformed to the image of His Son.
In a culture that is so divisive, even within the Church, we are called to be different than the world and to respond like Christ.
One of the most divine things we do is to “clothe ourselves” with patience.
As I have been going through “Living Beyond Yourself: Exploring The Fruit of Spirit” by Beth Moore, I’ve learned some new things about patience.
The Greek word for patience used in this passage is Makrothumia – a quality of the fruit of the Spirit toward people.
This divine patience is inspired by mercy. It’s devoid of condemnation and evidence of the presence and power of our Holy God within us.
Have you ever thought long and hard about God’s mercy? He shows incredible patience toward us as Psalm 103:10 says,“He does not treat us as our sins deserve…”and His purpose for His patience revealed in 2 Peter 3:9b,“He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish but everyone to come to repentance.”
This patience is the opposite of judgement.
Makrothumia toward others results from being filled with the Holy Spirit.If we are going to become vessels of God’s patience, we must allow the Holy Spirit to rid us of judgment toward others.
When I meet with women who are struggling from abortion, one of their greatest fears is being judged and rejected.
How we respond to circumstances—like abortion—is important, but how we respond to people is pivital. God always chooses people over circumstances.
This is one reason INFG provides a safe, confidential place for women, and men, to process through their pain.
In a judgment-free, loving, patient environment, these individuals can see God’s mercy and grace toward them, receive His forgiveness and be freed to live the abundant life Jesus came for them to have.
They begin to understand that they too, are dearly loved.
Jama Edlund, our beloved Her Choice to Heal coordinator, can be found, with her husband Jeff, exploring her new beautiful country homestead. She also proudly goes by the name MeMa!
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