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Fruit of the Spirit: Longsuffering (Patience)


As we journey through life, we will face trials and tribulations that will test our faith and our resolve. But with the Fruit of the Spirit, we can cultivate the patience necessary to endure and persevere through these challenges.

The Bible speaks extensively about patience, and one of the most beautiful examples is found in the book of Job. Job was a man who faced great trials and suffering, losing his family, his wealth, and his health. But through it all, he remained steadfast in his faith, trusting in God’s goodness and mercy. Job’s patience in the face of suffering is an inspiration to us all, and we can learn from his example to cultivate patience in our own lives.

In the New Testament, we see that patience is an essential characteristic of the Christian walk. In Colossians 1:11, we read, “Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness.” Here, we see that through the power of Christ, we can be strengthened to endure with patience and longsuffering, even in the midst of trials.

Another powerful example of patience is found in the story of Joseph in the book of Genesis. Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers, falsely accused and imprisoned, and forgotten by those he had helped. But through it all, he remained faithful to God and trusted in His plan. In the end, Joseph was exalted to a position of great authority and was able to use his position to save his family and many others from famine.

As we look at these examples, we see that patience is not just about enduring suffering but also about trusting in God’s plan and His timing. In Isaiah 40:31, we read, “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary, and they shall walk, and not faint.” When we patiently wait upon the Lord, He renews our strength and gives us the endurance to persevere.

We see a powerful tool for illustrating the importance of patience in our lives. We start with a problem or challenge we are facing, then move to the tension that arises as we struggle to find a solution. As we wait upon the Lord and cultivate patience, we move into the release and resolution of the problem, and finally, into the celebration of God’s faithfulness and goodness.

Let us remember that patience is not just a passive waiting but an active trust in God’s plan and timing. As we cultivate the Fruit of the Spirit in our lives, let us seek to develop patience, trusting in God’s goodness and mercy. And as we wait upon the Lord, let us be encouraged by the words of Psalm 27:14, “Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.”

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