"But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience." (NKJV)
"And the seeds that fell on the good soil represent honest, good-hearted people who hear God’s word, cling to it, and patiently produce a huge harvest." (NLT)
"As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience." (ESV)
Today I need to write about patience. Patience plays a huge role in being bold for Christ. We are called to reflect Christ's love for us outwardly to others. So, when we are wronged or hurt or even just have the inward feeling that you have been wronged (it being all in your head that you have taken something far too personally) it is important to take that step back, have patience, and appreciate what others have done. It is hard, nay, fairly impossible to reflect Christ's love while harboring a vengeance or anger in your own heart.
I am an extremely sensitive person. When someone says anything negative I reflect it 200 fold back on a view of my own worth. I know that this is wrong on so many levels. The only one who can measure or reflect my worth is God. So, why do I let worldly people and worldly events take such hold on me and make me feel so inferior to what I should feel as a child of God. This is the demon that I bear. Each of us has a way that the devil has found to worm into our hearts and souls. This is mine. So, patience. I can not be bold for Christ and live without abandon if I am constantly feeling as though I am not good enough or that I am letting the world down. It is not up to me to carry the weight of the world bit is not even up to me to care what others think of me. The only opinion that matters is God's.
So, what does all of this mean and how does it get us back to patience. Well, when someone says something that I feel is immediately hurtful or something that is a slight against me personally or someone I love, I need to bear patience and take that step back to realize and understand that this is not personal. This is my demon fighting to regain control of my life. The play of my emotions making me want to scream and shout and cry and hide all at the same time, that is my demon. God doesn't want me to feel this way. No, God wants me to be empowered and to be bold and to be fierce with His works. So, that is what I shall do.
What a simple word for such a hard task.