So just where do we get this awesome patience that undergirds our faith? Let’s look at some scriptures.
Galatians 5:22-23 (KJV) 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
The word longsuffering means fortitude, forbearance, and translated patience in some other translations. This is in our reborn spirit. How ‘bout that! We have the patience we need right inside our spirit. What we need to do is to draw it out so that it will work for us. How do we do that?
What I do is to yield to the fruit in my spirit by saying, “I yield to patience, peace, love, etc.” It might not seem like anything is happening but if you’ll stick with it, it will work for you. I’ve done this so many times and it’s always amazing how God comes through every time.
Think of entering the highway via the on-ramp. You know that you are to yield to the on-coming traffic. That means you stay where you are and let the traffic go ahead of you. That’s what you’re to do with patience. You back off and let patience come forth: you yield to it! It’s the same with all the fruit of your spirit – love joy, peace, etc. You must do the yielding if you want to see it come forth.
Continued next time — Pamela