When caring for others, patience, resiliance, and humility are essential. It takes more than an impulsive desire to help; it takes God-fueled empathy.
Day One: Empathy
The Scriptures refer to the quality of empathy, which we see demonstrated in several biblical narratives. Empathy is the capacity to feel another person's feelings, thoughts, or attitudes vicariously...
For more, see "Empathy and The One Who is Always There"
Day Two: Longsuffering
It has been said that longsuffering means "suffering long." That is a good answer, but a better definition is needed. The word longsuffering in the Bible is made up of two Greek words meaning "long" and "temper"...
Day Three: Contentment
One dictionary defines contentment as "the state of being mentally or emotionally satisfied with things as they are." Today it is rare that we find anyone who is truly content with his or her condition in life...
For more, see "Contentment: A Richer Pursuit"
Day Four: Humility
The Bible describes humility as meekness, lowliness and absence of self. The Greek word translated "humility" in Colossians 3:12 and elsewhere literally means "lowliness of mind," so we see that humility is a heart attitude...
Day Five: Patience
When everything is going our way, patience is easy to demonstrate. The true test of patience comes when our rights are violated—when another car cuts us off in traffic; when we are treated unfairly; when our coworker derides our faith, again...
For more, see "The End is Better than the Beginning"
Day Six: Perseverance
The Bible has a lot to say about perseverance in several different contexts. Clearly, the Scriptures teach that those who "overcome" and persevere in the faith will inherit eternal life...
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