The fourth Fruit of the Spirit is patience. Although I’ve gotten better over the years, patience is one fruit of the spirit that I struggle with more than others. I have a tendency to want things now. I’m not real good at waiting. If there’s one thing I’ve discovered in my relationship with the Lord, it’s that God’s timing is definitely not mine.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and self-control; against such there is no law.” Galatians 5:22, MEV
I find that although God’s timing is not my timing, He is never late. He is always right on time for whatever it is that I need at the moment.
Before I go too far though, let me define patience. According to Google, it is defined as:
“the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.”
I am so very thankful that God is patient with me. No matter how badly I may mess up or how many times I make the same mistake. He still loves me. In fact, in Hebrews 13:5 it says:
“Let your lives be without love of money, and be content with the things you have. For He has said: ‘I will never leave you, nor forsake you.‘”
God is infinitely patient and loving toward us and part of being a Christian is letting the Holy Spirit work in us to develop these fruit of the Spirit. It’s a gradual process which happens over time.
There’s a saying “Be careful what you pray for, you just may get it.” Well, patience, at least for me, is one of those things because God doesn’t just give you patience when you ask for it. More likely, you will have various trials and tribulations that require you develop it. Perhaps you’ll get stuck in slow moving traffic when you’re on the way to an appointment or in a slow lane in the grocery store. Maybe you’ll have to wait longer than expected for that long awaited tax return that you desperately need.
Perhaps you’ll get stuck in slow moving traffic when you’re on the way to an appointment or in a slow lane in the grocery store. Maybe you’ll have to wait longer than expected for that long awaited tax return that you desperately need.
No matter how you develop patience though. It is worth it. God has a reason for everything and patience is one of those things that speaks to your character.
“Not only so, but we also boast in tribulation, knowing that tribulation produces patience, patience produces character, and character produces hope. And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” Romans 5:3-5
It’s the difficult times that really help us grow because they make us stronger and they test our faith. It’s where we really find out what we are made of and who are God really is if you choose to rely on Him.
If you put your faith in Him He will never let you down. Things may not always go your way, but God will always be there for you. When you face hard times, just keep your eyes on him. He will give you what you need when you need it. Just remember to ask and have faith. Let Him work in you to develop patience and the other fruit of the spirit.