The 4th Fruit Of Spirit is:
Of all of the fruit of Spirit,
I believe more people struggle with this one.
That’s why we need the Holy Spirit’s help.
I recently saw it defined as:
2) Patience- to take everything in stride and not be easily offended.
Isn’t that what happens when we get impatient?
When we're impatient, -we get easily offended -we get angry
“That idiot cut in front of me.”
Being impatient doesn’t hurt the other guy,
It hurts us.
-blood pressure rises
-headaches/ stomach aches
But, if we’re balancing the other Fruit of Spirit
(Love, Joy, Peace, Kindness, Gentleness & Self Control),
We can take things in stride
When we find ourselves getting
angry & offended (impatient),
It’s often indicative of a time to pause.
It helps me to:
-stop & pray
-read my Bible
-get my mind off the matter
Phil 4:8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
The #1 reason why God wants us to learn patience:
HE is patient.
3) Growing in the Fruit of Spirit
Is all about us becoming like HIM.
If there was ever a model of patience,
God uses a term to describe Himself
2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
But I really like the NKJV
2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
Do you know how long suffering
God is with us?
Think how many years
it took you to
-live in obedience to Him
He waited a LONG time
for most of us.
Romans 2:4 (NKJV)
Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?
Look at God’s characteristics:
Forebearance (putting up w/ our nonsense)
What led us to repentance?
This verse says,
He did it & we didn’t even know it.
He is SO patient with us.
Our lives represent a series of lessons
that God is trying to teach us.
He’s never done….WHY?
1. We’re a work in progress
2. He’s patient.
He sees us for the potential
that we can achieve.
That’s what Fruit of Spirit are all about
HELPING US ACHIEVE OUR POTENTIAL
7) Patience- the capacity to accept or tolerate delay,
trouble or suffering without getting angry or upset.
I used to have a boss who threw things
when he became upset.
Everybody avoided him.
We all know lots of impatient people.
They want it now,
How many impatient people
do you want to be like?
Today’s sermon is entitled:
If You're Not Long-Suffering, You'll Be Suffering Long
Because no one will
want to be around you.
Patient people are the ones
we want to be with.
The most patient people I know
They’re the ones who:
-don’t get flustered easily
-don’t make rash decisions
-wait on God
Eph 4:2 with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love,
Wait a minute, Paul’s not talking about God….
He’s talking about us.
He’s telling us to be long-suffering with others.
That’s what marriage is all about
Right now, look at your spouse & say:
“Thank you for putting up w/ me”
Now, give them a kiss.
Let’s look at it in NIV
Eph 4:2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
When you’re patient,
you’re bearing with one another in love.
You’re not being a bear.
You’re putting up with
someone else’s shortcomings
Why do we do it?
Because God does it for us.
The Spirit’s Presence Is:
God Living In Us
10) God doesn’t want you to become
anything less than who He is.
Those are high expectations.
You will never achieve that by yourself.
It takes God.
1 Corinthians 13:4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.