As a man who reads and studies the Word quite a lot, I think I have an understanding of the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5 v 22 and 23).
I know what they are and what each one means.
However at times, and you may feel the same, I just think some of them are not there!
I’ve just had a 30-minute call with my current insurance company, with 5 different people (on hold most of the time), to be told I cannot get a new quote.
And now my keyboard is ‘playing up’ so that I’m missing letters when I type this!
Now when I’ve read Galatians 5 v 22 and 23 before I was sure I saw longsuffering (or patience) in there.
I realise however that I do not need more patience, I need to work out the patience that I already have.
The Lord has placed in my born again spirit all the patience I will ever need (as well as all the love, joy, peace etc).
We are so fortunate to have all we need in our spirit; the key to life is working out (or manifesting) these things.
And the key to manifesting patience (and anything else from our spirit) is an understanding of Jesus and what He has done for us and to us.
Peter wrote that we have already been given all we need for life and godliness (including patience) through the knowledge of Jesus (2 Peter 1 v 3).
So in order to display more patience we do not try to be patient, we gain more understanding about Jesus.
So, I’m now away to read my Bible for a while!
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you have already given me all I need for life and godliness”.
Galatians 5 v 22 and 23…..But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law