The Sweet Stuff Ministry

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Long Suffering

Galatians 5:22-23--But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Long suffering is patience. Patience is defined in Webster's dictionary as the capability of bearing affliction with calmness; able to tolerate delay; understanding. We must have patience in all aspects of our world around us.   Patience is required when we deal with people, situations, God and ourselves.

Is patience always easy? NO! Even some of the most patient people in small everyday situations are tested when trials seem to have no clear end or resolution. One might be patient enough with children, traffic or small frustrations, but when that long suffering is put to a test, how well does it hold?  How do we endure the trials of our patience such as praying for a family member that is unsaved, enduring a chronic illness, loss of a loved one, or dealing with a job lay off and financial uncertainties?

Christian character comes from the Holy Spirit.  There is no amount of self-effort that will build a Christian character.  Drawing nearer to God develops the character trait of long suffering.  We should become totally dependent upon him and his timing, trusting that he has the plan best suited for us.

If we seek solid a Christian character within ourselves and desire to possess the fruits of the spirit as mentioned in Galatians 5:22-23, then the situations in life that require long suffering will be easier to bear.  Events and situations that we describe as "trying our patience" are opportunities to strengthen Christian character.  So, the next time your patience is put to the test, seek what God is showing you.  Look to strengthen your Christian character.  Draw near to Him.  Thank him for the experience! 

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