A lovely weekend with some great ministry at our church together with an afternoon in the park with all other churches to celebrate Gods goodness in a Songs of Praise event – all great stuff
Back to work today and there are some difficult meetings ahead I can see in my diary that will need lots or patience
Galations 5 v 22 springs to mind: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,”
It isn’t too difficult to trace the source of biblical patience in a Christian. I Corinthians 13 v 4 says, “Love suffers long and is kind.” Patience is directly associated with love and hope. In the “love chapter,” Paul lists patience first among love’s works . Romans 5 v 5 adds that “the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit.”
This makes it clear to me that God’s patience stands behind a Christians patience as its source and as a link in a chain. Also, I reckon that because the Bible lists it with the fruit of the Spirit, it is not really a virtue achieved by me than a gift received from God. It comes with the gift of the Holy Spirit, and we reproduce it.
However, since we are people of free choice, we are still responsible to activate it, exercise it, and use it as a witness that God lives in us. With this in mind Paul writes in Colossians ch 3 , “Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do”.
“Put on” is literally a dressing term. We must “put on” Christ, meaning we must conduct our lives as closely to the way He would were He in our position. We are to practice His way of life because it is eternal life—the way God lives His life. It will help prepare us for His Kingdom, and it enables us to glorify Him here and now.
Patience is a vital part of the process that enables God to work over a long period of time, if needed, to produce in us other important aspects of His image so that we “may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” God is the Source and His Spirit is the means of this very valuable fruit.
So I press on into the day with this in mind – may I know His patience…..
Have a good week all