“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering…” Galatians 5:22
Stuck in traffic and you’re late for work. Getting hungry and yet waiting in a long queue. Tired of answering your child over and over again because of his “why” questions. Ever experienced these things? Tell me, have you practiced being patient in any of these situations in life? I sure know I didn’t most of the time.
Patience is indeed not only a virtue, but it is a fruit- a fruit from the Holy Spirit’s tree. God is the reservoir of this attitude. He is the role model we need to follow when it comes to living out the value of Long Suffering. As He has been patient with us for so long, that is how we should also be towards other people. God not only demands us to be patient, He freely gives Patience to anyone who needs it, if only one knows how to ask.
Whenever you are tempted to get angry at someone or something, remember how God showed you Patience. As Him again and again. He won’t grow tired of your petition, and soon you can also display the patience you have received from the Lord to others.
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