How many years have I given My grace and mercy to you? Still you grow short with those slow, even as you are slow to change. My hand is upon you, leaving you never. I tarry, that you would one day shed the ways of the past, giving reflection of the Lord of Heaven and Glory to the Father. My Spirit beckons you on, but the call to habit is not broken. So why do you throw to them, what is not thrown at you. You are aware of My awareness – the heart within you, the deep understanding of heart and mind, yet you challenge others in impatience to climb hills you yourself cannot master, and in short days ago, were master over you. Extend grace as I have extended to you. I am long-suffering for those who call Me Lord, who strive for the holiness of God, but still fall to the things that they are growing to hate. Lighten your hand. The strength that presses down can also lift. Forgive and encourage, that in kindness they may grow, as in My kindness you have grown. Correct only in love, and do not take anger of your own failures to the doorstep of another. Be as I Am with you – each time. It is My reflection in you.
Eph 4:31-32 (ESV) – Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
Bottom Line: Patience is a virtue, and we must realize it was first an undeserved gift given to us. In the bustle of the workplace, or the chaos at home, we can grow impatient with mistakes and slow learners. We need to calibrate ourselves. Look how patient God has been with us. How patient has He been with you? How often should He have just given up on you and me? When He says to treat others as we would want to be treated, our continual patience and forgiveness is a great place to start. It is where He started with us.