PATIENCE – Fruit of the Spirit
Patience is part of God’s character. It is a character that you too can have through the Holy Spirit.
The Greek word for Patience is “makrothumia (mak-roth-oo-mee’-ah)”. This Greek word denotes longsuffering, endurance, and fortitude.
We live in an impatient world. Everything needs to be done quickly and at the touch-of-a-button or else people will easily give up, give in, complain and become disappointed.
However, in life, there is a time for everything. God wants us to be patient. Not everything happens the way we want it and whenever we want it. Therefore we must always be patient and allow God to do His work in His own time.
James 1:2-4 NKJV
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
The patience that comes from the Holy Spirit has the following attributes
- This type of patience is produced by the testing of your faith through the problems and challenges that you may face in your life.
- This type of patience is not just about waiting for something to happen. It is about being strong in the Lord while you wait.
- This type of patience helps to build your character and your relationship with God because it is an exercise in maturity, endurance and fortitude.
- This type of patience matures you so that you lack nothing. You become confident in the Lord.
2 Peter 3:8-9 NKJV
But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
God is patient. God wants YOU to be patient too. And if you want to be patient then you need the Holy Spirit to teach you to be patient.
A situation can test your patience; a person can test your patience; God can test your patience. Either way, you need to endure and persevere in the midst of tests and trials because when you pass the patience test, you are assured of God’s promise.
Have faith in God as you wait on the Lord. Don’t focus on the time frame; don’t be limited by time. God is not limited by time.
Hebrews 10:36 NKJV
For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:
TODAY. Allow the Holy Spirit to enable you to be patient.