Tribulation Works Patience (If we let it!)

21 Aug

Moreover [let us also be full of joy now!] let us exult and triumph in our troubles and rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that pressure and affliction and hardship produce patient and unswerving endurance.   Romans 5:3

Tribulations are part of family life.  Whether the tribulation is screaming children, broken bones, a stay in the hospital, illnesses, disappointments, not enough money, accusations thrown at us or members of the family, we can’t show patience unless there is a situation that would make us impatient.  Patience is when we bite our tongue instead of saying, “Oh, not again.”  “Why do you always do that!”  I think patience is a process where you first learn to keep your mouth shut, even if you’re still irritated.  The day comes when you realize that you really aren’t irritated and that you may even have feelings of compassion for the person who is irritating you, or a rush of faith about the circumstance you are in.

Tribulation means affliction, trouble, anguish, persecution, burden, pressing together, and pressure.  Sometimes we feel as if we are pressured from every side.

Patience means a tranquil temperament that suffers tribulations without murmuring or discontentment.  It also means steadfastness, unbreakable resistance, constancy, endurance, and the characteristic of a person who is not swerved from his deliberate purpose and his loyalty to faith and piety by even the greatest trials and sufferings.

The definitions that most interest me are pressure, steadfastness, and unbreakable resistance.  If when we are under pressure from tribulation, we keep our eyes on the Lord, WE WILL BE STEADFAST (patient).

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