January 31, 2016 - Patience

"Patience is the environment in which relationships thrive.  It begins every morning when you wake up, and it leads to a cross-filled, Christ-centered life."

The ability and capacity for patience comes from our identity in God, and the results of practicing it are flourishing relationships and fruitful ministry.  

"Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God.  Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.  Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.  For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all, in all, and living through all. However, he has given each one of us a special gift[a] through the generosity of Christ." -Ephesians 4:1-7