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Do We Share the Fruit of Patience?

Updated: Feb 8, 2023


Ladies, the Bible talks about running a race in the Christian vernacular, so using that same language, we know we need a solid character to train for our race. The Holy Spirit has given us the tools to build that solid character called spiritual gifts, talents, and the fruit of the Spirit (NKJV). Let’s use those resources, gifts, and tools to build ourselves up for a tough race and a strong finish!


Women in the military have a long and rich history! Sometimes we believe we have unique

experiences that men typically do not have. As a Christian woman and Veteran, I would say a

specific time is the time of menstruation and childbearing for many women. In the Bible, God

created everything, including Adam and Eve, and he wonderfully fashioned them for each other.

Therefore women have always had distinct roles to play in life from men.


We will cover more ground together as we continue the Spiritual gifts series. For this study, your Bible is your compass so let it be your guide. I am excited to share this information so we can learn and grow together!


So, ladies, do you consistently add fruits to your diet? I am not talking about the occasional fresh

fruit you get when you go out to eat, and I am indeed not chatting about can fruits. Most of us grew up hearing fruits should be an essential part of our daily diet for various reasons. I am here to say we should be consuming a different fruit as Christians. Let’s eat the fruit of the Holy Spirit, which will enrich our spiritual diets in many ways. Enjoy the fruit of Patience!


Many of us may not pray for patience in fear that God would allow us to go through challenging

situations to get there. When we get beyond some of the difficulties we face, we should begin to

experience patience with others and realize it is necessary for Christian living.


As we explore the Word of God, we can see all of the fruits of the Holy Spirit in Galatians Chapter 5. The Holy Spirit has given us gifts to make us more Christ-like.

 

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. The law is not against such things.[g] 24 Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

 

So what is the spiritual gift of patience, and why do we need it? The following paragraphs will answer those questions. Below you will find the short answer to what patience is.

 

The Fruit of the Holy Spirit – What is patience?

There are two Greek words translated as "patience" in the New Testament. Hupomonē means "a remaining under," as when one bears up under a burden. It refers to steadfastness in difficult circumstances. Makrothumia, which is used in Galatians 5:22, is a compound formed by makros (“long”) and thumos (“passion” or “temper”). “Patience” in Galatians 5:22 literally means “long temper,” in the sense of “the ability to hold one’s temper for a long time.” 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 makrothumia through the power and work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.


 

We can walk away with abundant knowledge if we read the entire article on the Got Questions website. But in part, we see that patience comes from a position of power!


 

The Fruit of the Holy Spirit – What is patience?

Patience comes from a position of power. A person may have the ability to take revenge or cause trouble, but patience brings self-restraint and careful thinking. Losing patience is a sign of weakness. We are patient through trying situations out of hope for a coming deliverance; we are patient with a trying person out of compassion. We choose to love that person and want what’s best for him.

 

Let’s stay focused on sharing the fruit of patience, as God will enable us to do that to honor Him!

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