Patience’s Purpose

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. James 1:2-4 KJV

Aah…patience. Do you have all you need, dear reader? I don’t have to think about this one. I require more patience. Who doesn’t?

Gaining patience is hard work. It takes…well, patience! 😉

One of the secrets to having patience is understanding the reason behind the test. When we realize there is a point to it all, we are free to focus on Jesus and not our circumstances.


When various troubles and trials come our way.


Count it a joy. Not because we enjoy pain, but because there is a lesson to be learned. We will reap the benefits of the test!


The trying of our faith worketh patience. Patience has a purpose. Without patience, we aren’t complete.


Experience produces maturity. How can we mature if we never face hardship?


This month’s theme is patience through trials. How do you view the different storms in your life?

12 thoughts on “Patience’s Purpose

    • You are so right, Matthew! Patience comes through “trials that shape us.” Truly, we can’t get away from the teachings of patience. But its our choice to learn, as with any spiritual lesson. Well said. Blessings

  1. Oh, Gail, this is one area that I have a LOT of trouble with. I tend to have and be patient in and with just about everything except my family. Trust me when I say that I’m a real trial to them some days! (And of course, the more I pray about it, the more Satan steps in and wreaks havoc!)
    Thanks for the post, it was one I needed to see today!
    The flowers are beautiful; your son did well!

    • Robbye, you are not alone. At times, I think I’ve got this figured out, but then something happens to prove me otherwise.
      Yet it is my struggles that draw me to Him. He knows what I need.
      Thanks for dropping by and commenting, dear friend. ❤

      • Thanks, Gail. I try to draw closer, but I keep having this push/pull reaction!
        This year the Lord’s been placing the word Trust on my heart. Boy, do I have a hard time with that one; and patience is part of learning to trust Him.
        Hugs, sweet friend!

  2. Realizing that our trials and tribulations carry a deeper meaning, a purpose…that’s half the battle, isn’t it? But sometimes I don’t even think about that until I’m on the other side…
    Thanks for the reminder, Gail, and what lovely flowers! What a beautiful reminder of your son’s thoughtfulness. ❤

    • It’s easier to see the purpose once we’ve crossed the river. I think understanding comes with age or it has for me, anyway. But I still struggle sometimes when I’m having to wait! 😊
      My kids are treasures! I thank God for the gift of children. Thanks for stopping and commenting, Tori! ❤

  3. Dear Gail, I couldn’t agree more about “focusing on Jesus instead of our circumstances” to gain peace and patience. This is true for all areas of our lives. By the way, I love the flowers featured in this post–so lovely. ❤
    Blessings ~ Wendy

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