Increasing Faith with Patience, and Increasing Patience with Faith

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

Romans 12:12
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You’ve prayed. Others have prayed for you. You’ve hoped. You’ve lost hope. But you’ve kept on hoping. So then, you’ve kept on praying. Other’s have kept on praying for you.

How much longer?

You’re now beginning to lose patience. And you catch yourself wondering if your current situation is ever going to improve–get better. You’re now beginning to lose faith. And you catch yourself wondering if God is still even listening. If he still cares about you.

Suddenly, you’re caught in the faith-patience cycle. It can apply to just about any change you’ve been hoping and praying for in your life.

The Faith-Patience Cycle

It’s simple: The stronger your faith, the more patient you are. And the more patient you are, the stronger your faith. However, it can also go in the opposite direction. Meaning, the longer something takes the lower your patience. The weaker your patience, the weaker your faith. And the weaker your faith, the less patience you are capable of having.

A Closer Look Through Verse

Know that you wouldn’t be the first or last person in history to lose patience or have doubts about things ever working out. These thoughts are literally thousands of years old. Here are a few bible verses that bring faith and patience into a divine point of view.

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Remember to put YOUR timeline into perspective.

But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you.

2 Peter 3:8-9

Remember the test of patience CAN strengthen faith.

For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.

Romans 8:24-27
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