The Fruit of the Spirit
By Matt Ferreira
‘the Fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control’ (Galatians 5:22-23)
The Fruit of the Spirit is a biblical phrase that summarises the nine characteristics of a person who lives with the Holy Spirit. This week we are looking at patience.
Jesus is patient. Even now, He is patiently awaiting the completion of His Father’s plan (Hebrews 10:12-13). As we aim to become more like Him, we can pray for the Holy Spirit to roduce patience in us.
Without patience, we are more likely to respond to situations with anger up causing more trouble than there was in the beginning. One of the first steps to responding to situations with patience is to pause or slow down. We must think first! What does God want us to do or say? If we are hurt and we say something straight away, we may upset others too. Instead, take as much time as you need to pray and consider the best way to handle the situation. Our goal is to act lovingly rather than with anger.
The Bible also says a lot about waiting on God. Often, we want God to solve all of our problems immediately, but He knows the best timing. Sometimes, he tests us before answering our prayers. He wants us to be patient and to trust that He is in control and that He wants the best for us.
Patience produces strength and endurance in our character. When we are patient in the face of challenging times, we discover the faithfulness of God in every situation. We become aware that His Holy Spirit can give us all that we need to handle things gracefully, and glorify Him through our patience.