Friday, July 10, 2015

The fruit of the Spirit is Patience

Daily reading: Galatians 5:22-24
July 10, 2015

Focus scriptures: The LORD is very patient and absolutely loyal, forgiving wrongs and disloyalty. Numbers 14:18a

I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:1-3

Oh how we wish to have patience, but aren’t willing to do the hard work of acquiring it in our lives.  The same can probably be said about all of the characteristics listed as the fruit of the spirit.
At a recent Core leadership meeting we joked that you definitely don’t want to pray for patience because then you will be more aware of all the times you are not.  But isn’t that the point.  To be aware so that you can grown and learn?  Yes but it is hard.  Our society isn’t very patient.  We expect instant answers, instant results, but God doesn’t work that way.
To become more patient is to learn to move in God’s time, it allows us to be wiser in our decision making and in our actions.
Prayer:  God help me to be more patient today.  Amen.

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