Jesus taught His disciples they could only be fruitful as a direct result of abiding in Him; a relationship that is carefully nurtured. Jesus explained how He would make it possible for His disciples to abide in Him and bear the same Fruit. First, He would send the Holy Spirit (the mind and power of God) after His death to abide in them and Second, to guide them (John 16:5-7; John 14:26). The Holy Spirit is the Christ-life within you that produces the Fruit of godly character in you.
What is this Fruit? Galatians 5:22–23 gives us the answer: "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law." The Fruit of the Spirit, then, is the true character of the Christian life that replaces the self-life, or old man, as the Scriptures label our sin nature (Ephesians 4:22-24). The result will be that you will fulfill the intended purpose of the Law – loving God and man (Galatians 5:23).
The first three of the Fruit – love, joy, and peace are primarily inner virtues. The next three virtues – longsuffering, gentleness, and goodness deal more with social situations; best expressed in our relations with others. The last three virtues – faith, meekness, and temperance are all linked to one’s personal discipline.
This month we will concentrate on: “But the fruit of the Spirit is Longsuffering" - It is patient endurance that put up with the shortcomings, wrongdoings, finger pointing, and disappointments of others, without murmuring, complaining, retaliating, or hating (1 Corinthians 13:4-7; 2 Corinthians 6:4-6; Ephesians 4:1-2; Colossians 1:11; 3:12-13; 1 Timothy 1:16; 2 Timothy 3:10; 4:2; 1 Peter 3:9, 15).
The most enlightening thing about longsuffering is that it is commonly used in the New Testament of the attitude of God towards men (Romans 2:4; 9:22; 1 Peter 3:20). In your dealings with others you must reproduce this loving, longsuffering, forgiving attitude of God yourself. You need to show to others, that mirrors as closely as possible, the patience and mercy God shows to you. It is when you bear with others, put up with their mistakes and inconsiderate actions and truly forgive them for real or imagined offenses against you. It is enduring trials and waiting patiently and faithfully for God’s intervention (Romans 12:19-21; Hebrews 10:30).
The variety of people that you encounter in your life help you develop and use this virtue - Longsuffering. Someone has said that the incidents in life that you refer to as “interruptions” (and usually do not welcome) are really God’s appointments that He brings your way for a purpose. Often your spiritual growth is part of that purpose. Think about it! God’s people are now a kingdom and priests with the purpose now and forever of serving God (Revelation 1:6), and this involves learning to forgive others, to show mercy and to be longsuffering/patient — or else you would be just like the worldly leaders of today.
Are you slow to wrath or quick to condemn? Do others describe you as calm and laid-back or impatient and easily offended? Does your patience with others mirror God’s patience with you? Do you truly forgive others, or do you hold grudges?
Remember to show the world the longsuffering/patience and mercy God has with you.
In order to bear good Fruit, you must first join your life to Jesus Christ (John 14:6). In order to join your life to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, you must believe in Him and receive His offer of forgiveness (1 Corinthians 15:1-4; Romans 10:9-10).
You can use the following prayer or your own words: Lord Jesus, I believe You are truly the Son of God, who came in the flesh. I believe You died for me and that Your blood pays for my sins and your resurrection provides me with the gift of eternal life. I receive You as my personal Savior and Lord. Thank You for saving me. Help me to live a life that is pleasing to You. Amen.
The tendency to sin remains part of the human experience, but as a Believer, you have been set free from sin’s power over you and no longer have to give into it (Romans 6). Willingly turn from your sins and nail your natural evil desires to the cross, how, by daily confessing your sins (1 John 1:9), committing your sinful tendencies to God’s control (Philippians 2:13), crucifying them, and moment by moment drawing on the Holy Spirit’s power to overcome them (Galatians 2:20; 5:24; 6:14).
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