The Fruit of Patience
Written by Lydia D’Ross, Ordained Minister and Outreach Chaplain for RENEWAL at Brookhaven Hospital
There are nine (9) defined fruits of the spirit that Galatians teaches us, and today we are going to be talking about the fruit of patience. (Galatians 5:22)
The Fruit of the Patience is to exercise Joy, Love and Peace in God. You can have patience when you have peace. Patience is a reaction that we can choose to have to different situations. Colossians3:12-13 says, “Clothe yourselves with…patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another.” Why is this fruit so important? Patience involves understanding and this can be difficult, especially when someone mistreated us. God is so patient with us, and waits for us to come to Him and ask Him for forgiveness. When we are not patient with others, it can give rise to anger. When parents do not exercise patience with their children, anger builds up and the children learn this behavior, thinking that it is acceptable.
In Colossians 3:13 we read again that we need to endure one another’s faults or forbearance “to put up with it”. Ephesians4:2-13 says it better, “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”
This week, I encourage you to practice peace, joy and patience. Swallow your pride, ask for help, and allow God to bring peace to your home through the force of patience.