Fruits of the Spirit: Long-suffering
We have oftentimes heard stories of how God made us with a particular purpose. While this is true, this purpose can only be activated if/when we live our life in full alignment with God's ideals as stipulated in the Holy manuscripts (The Bible).
The bible outlines the way we are to live in relation to our fellowmen and also how our relationship with Christ should be constructed. The commandments (listed in Exodus 20) is one of these pillars but today I want to kick start a study on the fruits of the Spirit.
Galatians 5:22 & 23 "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law."
Today I want to zoom in one, forbearance or what is more commonly referred to as long-suffering. This is one of the fruits that many of us don't want. We want to love and be loved and we want to be happy (joy) but none of us want to go through testing times. None of us wants to endure the breaking and remodelling process. Well the sad reality is that we will not always find ourselves in favourable situations. Sometimes our trials come to teach us valuable lessons in this life and at other times, we have to endure hardship so that our relationship with Christ can be moulded. It is said, that it is in our trails that our faith is also shaped. When God comes through for you in a situation, when another one comes along, we would be fully aware that God is able to bring you through. Not because of something you've heard of or witnessed in the second person, but because he had already done it in your own life.
I challenge you today, to trust God even in the midst of your storm. It is not that he has forgotten you, but he is moulding your faith.
Almighty God, I thank you for the opportunity we have to study and understand your word. We ask that you will continue to give us wisdom, courage and strength in our challenging times, so that we will be steadfast, enduring the testing of our faith. We believe that you will not leave us nor forsake us as long as we walk upright in your sight. Continue to walk with us as we continue to live only for you, in Jesus' name. Amen.