Patience is a fruit of the Spirit of God

The end of a matter is better than its beginning;
Patience of spirit is better than haughtiness of spirit (pride). – Ecclesiastes 7:8

The Holy Spirit through the prophet Zechariah gives us much-needed counsel in Zechariah 4:10. We are not to despise the day of small beginnings. It really reads, “the small.” We are not to despise “the small” in our lives. What is the small in your service to the Lord? The small outreach team, the small response from the lost in evangelism, the small Bible study, the small contribution in preparing a meal for the sick, the small tithes/ offerings, the small investment in your family, the small response from your teen-age child, the small or limited opportunities you have to be around the Body of Christ because you’re busy in God’s calling for you as a wife or mother.  The Spirit is saying, “Don’t hold the small things in contempt. Don’t consider them as insignificant in your life.” You need not carry a lack of respect in your heart toward the small. The small is never insignificant if God is in it. – Karen Pevac

Patience is a fruit of the Spirit of God; and is of great use in the Christian’s life, and especially in bearing afflictions, and tends to make men more humble, meek, and quiet; and such are highly esteemed of God; on them he looks, with them he dwells, and to them he gives more grace; when such who are proud, and elated with themselves, their riches or righteousness, are abominable to him – John Gill

But the fruit of the Spirit [the result of His presence within us] is love [unselfish concern for others], joy, [inner] peace, patience [not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting], kindness, goodness, faithfulness Galatians 5:22

The contrast here is an unusual one. When we think of a haughty spirit, we think of pride. The opposite of pride is humility. But the Preacher says that the opposite of pride is PATIENCE. This tells me something about impatience. There is a correlation between impatience and pride. Proud people are by nature impatient people. They think that they have it all together and they are impatient with anyone whom they perceive not to measure up to their own private standards. They project the idea, “I am more important than you are and so I am going to be impatient with you.” Have you ever noticed that the proud person does not endure? What happens? He receives what he perceives to be an affront to his dignity and his pride kicks in and turns him away. – John Stevenson

Our Western society has lost its taste for the long haul. We want everything NOW. We crave instant coffee, fast food, immediate gratification, and instant entertainment. Our computers and our modems are faster and we chafe at the idea of waiting for anything. How many times have I allowed myself to become impatient at another drive or a red light? How many times have I been impatient with my wife or children? How many times have I been impatient with myself or our church? I can think of plenty of times. Yet, Richard Hendrix once said, “Second only to suffering, waiting may be the greatest teacher and trainer in godliness, maturity, and genuine spirituality most of us ever encounter.” God is interested in character development so He will test our patience to develop perseverance. He frequently does this because life is a marathon, not a sprint. God is building patience in us so that we will go the distance in our marriage, ministry, and Christian life. – Keith Krell

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The Fruit of the Spirit: Patience

 

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One comment

  1. chariotoflove · June 7

    I really need to read this today! So true and I tend to forget these things; thank you for sharing. We truly serve an awesome God.

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