Fruit of the Spirit (Long-suffering)
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith. Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law – Galatians 5:22-23
Long-suffering is something that has to be created within us through the Holy Spirit, it’s nothing we can produce ourselves. Long-suffering is patience with others, the opposite of a short temper, a disposition quietly bearing injury. The majority of Christians can bear people for a limited of time before they will have to tell you what you said, how you said it, and how you made them feel. Long-suffering is having the heart of God and the mind of Jesus Christ.
We are called Christians, we must answer that name, and live like Christians. We are called to God’s kingdom and glory; we must walk as heirs of them. Christians should have humility opposed to pride. A disposition of soul which makes men unwilling to provoke others and not easily to be provoked. Long-suffering implies a patience bearing of injuries without seeking revenge. Long-suffering is forbearing the faults and offenses of others. When one possess long-suffering, the majority of people including Christians, will call you, weak, but spiritually, you’re strong because you’ve allowed the Holy Spirit to be manifested through you, to submit to the will of God, constrained your emotions and allowed God to be glorified through you.
We all have offended someone either in our speech or behavior and it may not been intentionally, but it doesn’t take away the offense. This is why as Christians we should be prayerful. When we’re prayerful it makes us sensitive the Spirit of God as well as controlling our emotions and behavior. Prayer makes us sensitive to others feelings, giving us what to say, how to say it and when to say it. Prior to making a comment, we think to ourselves, how will this make the person feel or react. However, many times as Christians, we don’t think before speaking, and this is why many have been hurt in the church by church members. As mature Christians, rather than looking at the individual and their behavior will try to draw the best out of those who is hard to communicate with.
Long-suffering isn’t a easy task, but with the help of God, everyone that is professing to be a Christian can live a life that possess the fruit of the Spirit. Long-suffering comes with many tests and trials, tribulations, hurts, pains, disappointments, rejections. God will allow people to help build long-suffering in us. We’re called the sons of God (But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even them that believe on His name – John 1:12). To be a son of God, we must bear the fruit that was manifested in and through Jesus.
The fruits that were mentioned in Galatians 5:22-23 was in Jesus and were manifested through Him to believers as well as the unbeliever. We also must produce fruit and this comes by allowing the Holy Spirit to mature the fruit that was placed in us when we received salvation and the regeneration of our hearts.