Galatians 5:22-23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.”
Longsuffering. A term that is not used much in this day and age but should be.
Strong’s Concordance – makrothumeo mak-roth-oo-meh’-o; to be long-spirited, i.e. (objectively) forbearing or (subjectively) patient:–bear (suffer) long, be longsuffering, have (long) patience, be patient, patiently endure
I think John McArthur puts longsuffering best in the notes section of his study bible: “Patience which refers to the ability to endure injuries inflicted by others and the wilingness to accept irritating or painful situations.” This is patience to a new level. This is love to a new level. This is just part of the attributes that all tie into what makes a Christian better and frankly, a more mature Christian.
Longsuffering involves love until it hurts. It also involves patience through pain. Not something that anyone wants to volunteer to do but God says it is necessary. Everyone wants love and joy but patience and longsuffering also come in the package of the Fruit of the Spirit. You can’t pick and choose what attributes you want. God puts them all together for a reason. All nine are equally important.
The term, “Give till it hurts” comes to mind. People continue to have needs and as a Christian, I am to help with those needs in ways that God directs. That does not always involve money. Time is worth more than money in most cases. That is why I started this blog. I want to help people and show my knowledge that God has blessed me with. My time in this blog is important to the work of Christ. This is my mission field.
Are you giving of your time? Your money? Your life? Jesus died and gave His time and most importanty, His life. He is the perfect example of patience and longsuffering. His suffering on the cross for us to take the sins of the world is what should give us the energy to follow Jesus. Jesus paved the way. We just need to follow Him. Follow the Leader who sits at the right hand of God the Father. Endure all things in Jesus’ name.
Thank you for life. We don’t say it enough. Thank you for each breath we can breathe. Thank you for all that you give us. Thank you for longsuffering. We know that this is not easy. Nothing worth having comes easy. You never promised an easy life. You promised an eternal life. Eternal life with you, Father God. I pray that you bring more and more people to Yourself through the work of this blog. You are the Light that shines bright. You are My light.
In your longsuffering, patient, loving, and joyful name we pray,