“Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless; and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation—as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you” 2 Peter 3:14-15 NKJV.
Through this scripture, we should be able to see the benefits and importance of practicing patience. To us as Christians, it is the reason why we have salvation, because the Lord was patient with us even when we did not deserve His patience. Where He could have simply just ended our lives because He was tired of waiting, He opted to be patient with us as He knew the importance of us receiving salvation. The same applies with us. There are those people in our lives who need that same patience God showed you which will eventually reveal the error of their ways. But please so not get it twisted, being patient with someone does not mean being a pushover. It is in that time of patience where life ought to be spoken into that individual, so that conviction can fall upon them. The word is clear about sin and repentance but in the same breadth, it states clearly that His patience is salvation. We are His hands and feet, the world cannot see or experience His patience unless we avail ourselves for His service. It is through this same patience that we can live at peace with Him and with each other. It is through patience that we learn to distance ourselves from those things that blemish us and tarnish our testimonies. Practice patience, practice love, that we may live in peace together, in a world where all have salvation.
Lord, teach me what it means to be patient as I continuously avail myself for your service, to be Your hands and feet, to be salt and light to this world. Thank You for extending Your undeserved patience to my life that has brought me to this day. Amen