“Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of highest privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory. We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they are good for us — they help us learn to endure. And endurance develops strength of character in us, and character strengthens our confident expectation of salvation.” —Romans 5:2-4
The Fruit of Patience teaches us how to endure during trials and tribulations, and with the Fruit of Patience we can endure to the end. When we allow Patience to have it’s perfect way in us during our times of suffering, it will strengths our character and our hope in our Salvation through the exercising of our faith. James encourages us to let patience have its perfect work, that we may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing, and we know that the testing of our faith produces the fruit of patience (James 1:3-4).
We know that our bible tells us that God is Patient (Psalm 86:15 NKJV) 2 Peter 3:9 says “The Lord isn’t really being slow about His promise to return, as some people think. No, He is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to perish, so He is giving more time for everyone to repent.” And this is how we ought to be with the lost being patient with them while allowing Holy Spirit to work in us developing the love of Messiah in us. So patience is not only needed during our sufferings but also while the love of Messiah is being perfected in us by loving others right where they are at, until God delivers them and bring out of the kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of light. God has called us to be patient with everyone (1 Thessalonians 5:14), it is through His patience that we are saved today because it led us to repentance (Romans 2:4).
When we wait patiently for the LORD we will gain new strength; we will mount up with wings like eagles, we will run and not get tired, we will walk and not become weary because we are waiting on the LORD with patience (Isaiah 40:31). We live in a world where everyone wants to live a microwave life, we want to be blessed right away, we want to go through the process quick when God wants to do a slow cooker process.
Your level of patience also depends on your love walk because love is patient (1 Corinthians 13:4) The word of God also encourages us to be patient in persecution, but we don’t want to hear that today but it is required of us and for us to prayer in the midst of it all (Romans 12:12 & Luke 18:1).
“By your patience possess your souls.” —Luke 21:19
“I waited patiently and expectantly for the Lord; and He inclined to me and heard my cry” —Psalm 40:1
I pray that you will be strengthened with all might, according to God’s glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy. I pray that we as God’s chosen people, clothe yourselves with feelings of compassion and with kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bearing with one another in complete love and forgiveness in Jesus name. LORD help us to be patient even in the midst of persecution in Jesus name!
Song: While I Am Waiting
Sang by: John Waller