Faith Level Of The Believer:
Faith level of the believer – Apostle Peter went ahead to suggest to the believers that to their self-control they should add patience. This is very essential in the life of any believer, because without patience, no matter how much faith therein in a believer, the strength of the faith cannot fully manifest. It is important for a believer to have faith and also develop it. But the pillar faith stands is the believer’s level of patience. If the believer lacks patience his faith will definitely fail him. This is because if situations crop up in the life of the believer, it takes faith to say no. Or not to recognize the existence of the situation, while the situation lasts it takes patience to cope in it.
Therefore, what consumes the pain of the situation is patience while faith neutralizes its existence. This implies that a believer without patience can be a victim of abortive process though he has faith. Patience therefore, galvanizes the faith of the believer. This is because a believer that has rooted himself into being patient will definitely overcome situations and achieve better results.
Apostle Paul while writing to the Ephesians in his epistle says and I quote
“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;”
Faith Level Is regulated By Patience:
Here, the word he used is perseverance which means patience. The example he used here is in praying and this is where the patience a believer is tried mostly. This is because there is this tendency for quick answers to prayers. And it is very important for a believer to wait and wait in this aspect. The ability to wait for answers when a believer has prayed matters. And that is why Apostle Paul admonishes believers thus “watching thereunto with all perseverance”.
The word watching here implies a continuous thing, meaning waiting. The waiting or watching is patience in action; the praying is the demonstration of faith in action. It is understandable that praying is like when one has gone to plant seeds in his farmland, the seeds have to undergo the process of germination. Thereafter, the process of growth and then the bearing of fruits. So the seed’s planter has to wait to see these processes being completed before he can harvest anything out of the farmland. If he doesn’t wait, it means that he will abandon the farmland. And by so doing he cannot reap anything out of it!
However, for one to be patient means that he or she is hoping for something. Better still he is an expectant. Therefore, since faith is the force that pushes or resists a negative opposing force that would like to establish itself in the life of the believer, patience on the other hand is the vehicle that carries faith till it fulfills its task. When one receives a promise either from the word of God or by prophecy, he hopes to see the actualization.
Peace Brings Hope To Reality:
However, without patience the hope or promise will not come into reality. Hence the submission that without patience promises will not be received as the writer of the book of Hebrews puts it.
“For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise”
Suffice it to say that for a believer to actually be a goal-getter he or she must equip himself or herself with patience without which he or she will be found in endless dash of hopes in life.
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