Galatians 6:9 (KJV)

And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

A virtue is a positive trait or quality subjectively deemed to be morally excellent and thus is valued as a foundation of principle and good moral being.

Personal virtues are characteristics valued as promoting collective and individual greatness.

One such virtue is that of patience.

Jesus was the perfect example of Patience. Hebrews 12 says of Jesus’ death on the cross that it was something He “endured.”

While His crucifixion was for our salvation, the Bible says His death is also an example for our lives. When we are worn down during our daily tasks we are reminded in Hebrews 12:2, 3, “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.”

Before Jesus arrived at the cross He patiently trained the disciples.

Even after His miracles and proclamations of being the Son of God, the disciples were often confused as to who Jesus was.  Today we think of the disciples as being mature men of faith. But as we read through the gospel accounts, Jesus was still trying to teach them how to persevere in prayer up until the moment He was taken in the garden to be crucified.  Even Jesus was teaching His disciples until the moment of His death. Jesus is an example of patience for us.

The Bible contains many great exAmples of patience and serves as a reminder of the many that have gone before us who demonstrated this positive quality.

Abraham – The Father of Many Nations

God promised Abraham that he would be the father of many nations. But when the promise was first given (Genesis 12:1-3) Abraham and his wife Sarah did not have any children. God continued to restate His promise to Abraham through the years (Genesis 13:6; 15:1-6; 17:6-8; 18:10).

Abraham, though known as a man of faith, took his wife’s suggestion and had a child with Sarah’s handmaid. The son’s name was  Ishmael.

But this was not the son God intended for Abraham. (Genesis 16) Finally when Abraham was 100 and Sarah was 90 years old God gave them their son Isaac.

Though it took years of patiently waiting, they received the promise of God. Hebrews 6:15 says of Abraham, “And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.”

Whatever the task is that God has called us to, we need to continue doing the work even if we don’t see the progress we would like to see.

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