Patience is the key to a healthy church community (1 Thess. 5:14). The world is so busy and not only do we want everything “right now”, but we are almost expected to give of our selves completely “right now”. There is little patience in us because there is very little patience for us or with us.
I have very little patience for my children. I except them to think, behave, and act more mature than they should. I expect them to do things right and not make mistakes even though many of their experiences are first time experiences. I essentially want them to get everything right the first time they try it. Talk about pressure.
Paul teaches that as the church community one of the most important signs of health is the patience that we have with one another(1 Thess. 5:14). I have to admit I am not always quick to have patience with people as I apply the same expectations on church members and leadership that I place on my kids.
I think the key reason patience is such a good thing to practice is that it makes grace show up. You see patience sits on top of grace by bring it out in the practical moments of everyday life. Jesus has to have patience with us as we grow in maturity just like we must have patience with one another as we grow in maturity.