Galatians 5:22-25 (NKJV)
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such, there is no law. 24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
As I was meditating on the new series, God dropped in my spirit that His people, including myself, are running low on patience. Over these next several weeks, we are going to dive into the word so we can develop a deeper understanding of patience.
Consider the following:
Today’s scripture lesson comes from Galatians, where Paul wrote about the Fruit of the Spirit. Know that the fruit is not achieved by our working (deeds), but is birthed by our abiding (endurance). Therefore, while the flesh seems overwhelming both in us and around us, God is working through us — and the fruit of the Spirit can always conquer the works of the flesh. That is why one reason we see in verse 24 Paul used the word crucified because it reminds us of what Jesus did for us on the cross, that death of the flesh is painful, that our flesh must be dealt with decisively, and that we are called to take up our cross and follow Christ (Matthew 16:24). These are just a few of the reasons patience is a key characteristic that should become a habitual practice in your life.
When we look at the word long-suffering, it literally means having or showing patience in spirit of troubles especially those caused by other people. That is why patience itself is a work of the Spirit. It is the quality that enables us to bear adversity, injury, reproach, and even wait for the improvement of those who have done you wrong. One commentator suggests, “When the devil finds that he cannot overcome certain persons by force, he tries to overcome them in the long run…to withstand his continued assaults we must be long-suffering and patiently wait for the devil to get tired of his game.” Today, I encourage you to know that patience defeats the flesh, defeats the devil, and ultimately shifts our attitudes, behaviors, and mindset. Therefore, as verse 25 instructs us, align yourself with the Spirit, see how your patience will grow, and watch how your life will change.
I encourage you before you start your day, to have a dose of spiritual patience and see how everything shifts. Always remember, if the Spirit is the source, then let the Spirit direct your course!