Your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing. Therefore we ourselves boast about… your steadfastness. 2 Thessalonians 1:3-4
Steadfastness is the fruit of a growing faith and love. In other words, as you grow in faith and love, you’ll have the patience you need to endure.
Love is patient (1 Cor. 13:4). That is its nature. Just as grass naturally grows, love is naturally patient, and faith naturally perseveres. Do you need more patience? The way to get it is to grow in faith and love. Grow in faith and you’ll grow in patience. Grow in love and you’ll be able to endure.
It’s too early to start thinking about Christmas trees, but sometime during the week after Christmas many people take theirs down. If you’ve ever had a real tree in your home, you know that eventually the pine needles start to fall off.
The tree you brought home begins to dry out, and its color begins to fade. It looks beautiful for a while, but it’s no longer evergreen because it has been cut. There was life in the tree when you brought it home, but that life cannot be sustained because there’s no longer a root.
Unless you are deeply rooted in God’s Word, your patience will quickly fade. Put your roots down into God’s Word. Here is where you will find the life of Jesus Christ, and your patience, stability, and endurance nourished by deep roots of faith and love.
Where have you seen this relationship between patience and being rooted in God’s Word being played out in your own life?