Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Fruit of Patience
Patience is the next Fruit of the Spirit. Also known as forbearance, it is a quality much of our society lacks today. Patience is defined as “forbearance under ill-will,” and “endurance and steadfastness under provocation.” Both of these definitions are recognizing that patience occurs out of enduring through a hard time, being provoked, or under someone’s ill-will. In other words, patience is not born out of the easy times! The KJV translates it “longsuffering.”
A patient person is able to endure much pain and suffering without complaining. A patient person is slow to anger as he waits for God to provide comfort and punish wrongdoing. Since it is a Fruit of the Spirit, we can only possess it through the power and work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
When our natural inclination towards impatience is overridden by the Holy Spirit’s flow of patience, the reality of bearing this “fruit” becomes evident. We then find that it is possible to grow more into this divine quality modeled faithfully by God.
God is patient, and His Spirit produces the fruit of patience in us.The patience and mercy we need to show others should mirror the patience and mercy God shows us.
As the Spirit produces patience in us, He is making us more Christlike. Second Thessalonians 3:5 speaks of the “patience of Christ.” We should be patient, even as He is patient.When we are patient, we leave room for God to work in our hearts and in our relationships. “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” Ephesians 4:2, NIV