READ: 2 Corinthians 6:3-10

That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

Hebrews 6:12

Patience is the good-natured tolerance of delay or incompetence. To be patient is to be steadfast despite opposition, difficulty or adversity. A patient person bears pains and trials without complaint. Patience is the personal trait that will cause you to bear fruit. To be productive you need to be patient for things to grow until the day of harvest.

Patience is a very important trait for productivity and prosperity. Because of a lack of patience people jump out of a good thing, thinking they can get to the top faster.

“But that on the good ground are they , which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience” (Luke 8:15).

Patience is the personal trait that makes you inherit good things. “Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for him.” These are the words of the psalmist. “Fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way …for evil doers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth” (Psalm 37:7, 9).

Patience is the personal trait that will cause you to be approved. You will be approved because you were able to wait for your day of promotion. The ability to wait faithfully is always rewarded with promotion.

Pastors of big churches are all people who have stayed in one place for many years. “But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses” (2 Corinthians 6:4).

By Dag Heward-Mills