Patience Means Salvation
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
—2 PETER 3:9
Like all the traits of love, patience is more than just "a nice way to act."When we are patient, we are reflecting God's patience—a patience that leads not to warm, fuzzy feelings but to spiritual transformation. As the apostle Peter said, "Our Lord's patience means salvation" (2 Peter 3:15).
It's hard to believe that God might use our small act of patience to show someone his love—or even bring someone to faith in God—but he does. After all, it is God's patience with us that leads us to salvation. Had he chosen to show immediate justice for the wrongs we've committed, none of us would be alive. Because of his loving patience, God allowed us to go on with life so that we might discover that he desires to have a relationship with us. God's patience toward us spurs us to be patient with others so that they might receive the mercy we know.
Whenever you start to think your actions don't make a big difference, recall the phrase "patience means salvation" (2 Peter 3:15).
Dr. Gary Chapman is the beloved best-selling author of The Five Love Languages and Love as a Way of Life. For more information, click here.