The 3 P’s
Every phase and every season of our lives creates opportunities for us to choose our paths, such as the college, the career, the friend circle or even the partner we are to follow in this life.
It is vital to have a purpose known and set, before we walk down the paths that we take or the choices that we make. And without patience you cannot carry out your purpose in life with peace. Anything rushed or awoken before its time will only lead to disasters and disappointments. For instance, in the bible we know the repercussions Esau faced for the thoughtless decision of selling his birthright in exchange for a single meal.
Hebrew 12 talks of the importance & the reason behind why God disciplines us like our parents do and of the preparation before we set out on these journeys.
11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. 12 Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. 13 “Make level paths for your feet,” so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed. ( NIV)
You see? A right, peaceful and clear path is set when we discipline ourselves and that comes with patience & setting our focus and intentions on the purpose for which we were created. When we wait upon the Lord in prayer and His teachings, we learn that He was and is the best example of fulfilling purpose, imbibing patience and experiencing peace.
Ephesians 4 quotes it perfectly: I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. 7 But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. (ESV)
He gives us the grace according to our own pace. He teaches and gives us the strength to endure, to love, to forgive, to make peace and to live and win life the right way. We must make peace with anything & anybody who has hurt or troubled us unconditionally, by relying on the example set before us. As children of God we are called to live a life of understanding the hardships of life in a deeper way so that we can help each other just as Christ helps us. The deep always calls out for the deep. Here are a couple of scriptures to live by when you are feeling hurt, restless, seeking answers or disappointed:
See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled. (Heb 12:15 ESV)
but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: by great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, (2 Cor 6:4 ESV)
I would like to encourage you to always remind yourself of this scripture as it can help us learn everything that Christ is. Christ is Love and Love is :
1Cor 13: 4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never ends.
May the Lord’s grace, wisdom and love be upon each one of you. God bless.