Friday, October 18, 2013

Fruits of the Spirit: Day 5 - Patience

Galatians 5:22-23 -- "But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!"

To me, patience is the trickiest of the Fruits of the Spirit. If you haven't heard it before, you will hear it now: don't pray for patience! I mean you can, but be prepared for a difficult, sometimes long trial to teach this very important characteristic. I say this mostly in jest because the experience gained from a trial teaching patience is unforgettable and useful. The Bible has a lot to say on patience, so we know that it is a very important characteristic to learn and to live out.

Romans 12:12 -- "Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying."

Patience is needed mostly when we are doing or going through something we don't want to in the first place, a tribulation. One of the most important things to remember about learning patience is to pray -- constantly, unceasingly and fervently pray. It is your communication to God a source of hope when your situations begin to look never-ending. Have patience, keep hope and pray that your trial and greater understanding of God's plan for you will bring forth great blessings and good for the Kingdom of God.

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At the end of a trial-to-learn-patience, you will feel lighter, more hopeful and more sure of your Great Creator and His love for you. When we patiently endure, we will be greatly rewarded in Spirit and body and renewed by the Holy Spirit.

Isaiah 40:31 -- "But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint."

Patiently enduring through trials and overcoming adversity changes you, with God's influence for absolute better. Through our trials and relying on God through them we come closer to God and gain characteristics that line up with His plan for us.

James 1:12 -- "God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him."

Learning Godly patience is hard, but when we can embrace it and live in it, there are great rewards for s in God's Kingdom.
Day 2 - Love            
Day 3 - Joy              
Day 4 - Peace          
Day 5 - Patience       
Day 6 - Kindness      
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