Fruit of the Spirit: Patience
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness… (Gal. 5:22 ESV).
Patience is a fruit of the Spirit manifested in our lives. We bear fruit as we allow the Spirit of God to take control of our character, and produce godly virtues. This is God’s expectation, as we grow and mature in our faith. Fruit is the epitome of Christian maturity. The gifts of the Spirit are wonderful, as they empower our Christian service and work, but the fruit of the Spirit is evidence that we are growing, and becoming more like Christ Jesus.
Synonyms for patience include: endurance, constancy, steadfastness, perseverance, forbearance, and longsuffering. This list gives us an appreciation, and perspective of what patience really is. Does it ever seem like God has had enough of our weaknesses, sins, and faults? Do you know why? He is a God of patience and long-suffering. Without His patience, the entire human race would perish.
Patience allows us to bear uncomfortable, and even painful situations, while still preserving our integrity. Patience is not simply waiting. Patience is waiting without compromising your character. Some people wait for a way out while they grumble, complain, and become bitter. That is not patience. Others accept any means out, including reprehensible, or evil devices. Patience allows us to bear unpleasant situations without losing ourselves in the process. We should desire this blessed fruit of the Spirit.
Why do we need patience in dealing with ourselves, others around us, and even the world of lost sinners? Do we need patience to endure what is sweet and comfortable?
APPLY THE WORD
Are you patient? If not, intentionally yield to the Holy Spirit. Allow the Spirit to control your life, and bear this precious fruit in your character. It will only come when you allow the Spirit to rule your behavior.
Ask the Spirit to help you grow in patience every day.
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