Lately I've realized that the best way to teach a four year old patience is to put him in a room with his one year old sister.
She will follow him around wherever he goes.
She will sit on, spit on, and chew on whatever toy he is playing with.
She will knock down or tear apart every train track and lego house he builds.
And she will scream and point for him to share everything he puts his hands on.
Cole can become frustrated with her wishing she would grow up in her maturity and learn how to appropriately play with him.
But I keep telling him, "We must be patient with her. She is still learning how to be a good sister, just like you are still learning how to be a good brother."
Ephesians 4:2 says,
2 Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.
Patience is a demonstration of love to others. [1 Corinthians 13:4] It doesn't mean ignoring or excusing the faults of others, but it does mean that we must humbly and gently WAIT for mature change with love.
2 Peter 3:9 teaches that God is patient toward us because He loves us and longs for us to be in relationship with Him, so our love for others must drive our patience toward them as they mature in their ability to relate with us.
I love these pictures of Cole & Allie.
She of course wanted to climb up on the chair that Cole was on.
Rather than pushing her aside and refusing to share, his love for his baby sister enabled him to be patient with her.
As he helped her up to his chair, I caught this sweet little HUG exchange between the two of them.
What a great picture of how love can be demonstrated patiently!
Join me today in prayer,
God, You are slow to anger and quick to be patient with us BECAUSE of the love You have for us. I pray that you would continue to teach my children to demonstrate their love for each other through humble and gentle patience. I pray they learn to wait patiently for the other to mature by loving them above all things. And may their relationship with each other give them opportunity to culitvate and grow this necessary fruit of the Spirit in their lives.