The fourth of the nine-fold fruit of the Holy Spirit is patience
. "The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law." Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV). Patience
, or the older word for it, long-suffering
, is in short supply these days. We live in an age of increasing polarisation, instant news and blogging, with comments on comments.
This week I read some definitions for the spiritual fruit of patience
and most include the following:
- The ability to endure whatever opposition and suffering may come our way, and to show endurance without wanting retaliation or revenge. That is tough.
- The ability to put up with the weaknesses and foibles of others (including other believers), and to show forbearance, without getting irritated or angry enough to want to fight back (in words, actions, blogs, etc...). This may even be tougher.
In the quote in the image above from Mrs Ellen White, one of the founders of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, we are counselled to also have patience in our prayers.. We are to have patience combined with expectation
in the goodness and wisdom of our Heavenly Father. The very best thing to do when our patience is running on low or empty is to pray for our saviour’s mind on patience. Next week we will look at the fruit of Kindness.
Our services this Saturday/Sabbath are listed below, both at the Great Yarmouth church building and the Lowestoft church building. The Worship Service is at 11.15am, and will follow Sabbath School which starts at 10am. Please note that the Teen and Children Sabbath Schools are at Great Yarmouth. Zoom and Facebook will also be live-streamed from the Great Yarmouth Church.
May the Lord bless you and keep you,