Patience Is A Fruit Of The Spirit

The fruit of the Spirit is… Patience… Against such there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. – Galatians 5:22-23

Flowers, trees, and other plants produce fruit. The kind of fruit they produce depends upon the kind of plant they are. A fruit tree does not produce nuts or vegetables. Neither does an apple tree produce oranges. Spiritual fruit is the same.

Jesus said that we would know people by their fruit. He also said that a good tree will produce good fruit and a bad tree will produce bad fruit (Matthew 7:16-23). Jesus was talking about spiritual fruit in this passage. If someone is of a bad spirit they will produce fruit that is opposite of the fruit of the Spirit of God.

The particular fruit of the Spirit we are looking at in this month of devotions is patience. It is a characteristic of those who are spiritual to be patient. Think of the most Christ-like person you have known and remember the characteristics, or fruit, that was manifest in their life. Wasn’t patience among them?

We often think of patience in the context of waiting for something to happen. We wait for the water to boil; we wait for certain birthdays as we are growing up; we wait for the red light to turn green. There are many occasions in our life to learn patience, but most of us, outside of the work of the Holy Spirit, do not do well at being patient. The watched pot never boils, certain birthdays are always too far away and red lights take forever to turn green. Oh, for the virtue of patience.

The dictionary has an interesting definition of patient. The first application of the word patient is, “Bearing pains or trials calmly or without complaint.” The second is, “Manifesting forbearance under provocation or strain.” It gives two more aspects of this word as, “Not hasty or impetuous,” and “steadfast despite opposition, difficulty, or adversity.” Are you ready to pray for patience?

Prayer: Lord, I’ve been guilty of asking for patience, and demanding it right now. Help me to submit to your guidance and allow your spirit to live through me so that the fruit of my life is the fruit of the Spirit. In Jesus name, amen.

Principle: Patience is a principle that grows out of walking in the Spirit.

Affirmation: As I grow in my walk of faith I am producing patience in my lie.

Reflection: There are four points from the dictionary that describe patient: Bearing pains or trials calmly or without complaint; Manifesting forbearance under provocation or strain; Not hasty or impetuous; steadfast despite opposition, difficulty or adversity. What are your thoughts on patience?

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