No matter how enticing and good it seems, and no matter how hard you try to obtain it, admittedly it is difficult to attain. From issues at work, with family, or even other drivers on the road, we show the level of patience we have when and how we react. This is a tough one for a lot of people including me at times. However when I read part of this next verse, it hit me like a ton of bricks.
“Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel....” Philippians 1:27a
Living a life worthy of the Gospel involves patience with everyone and in every situation. Just stop for a moment and think about how much patience or long suffering the Lord has had with you. Think about how much sin you have been forgiven and remember that this new life that you now live is due to the mercy, grace and love that God has shown you through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. That’s why Paul wrote what he did in Galatians 2:20.
“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”