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Led By The Spirit Summer Challenge #5 Patience

Week 5 Challenge: Memorize Colossians 3:12-13 “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”

This week we are turning a corner. The past 4 weeks we’ve been looking at love, joy and peace, all Fruit of the Spirit that enable us to deal with difficult life circumstances. This week we are focusing on patience, the first of three Fruit of the Spirit that deal with our relationships.

If you’re like me, before I started my research into patience, I thought I’d be writing about how we are to be more patient in terms of waiting a certain amount of time. What I learned this week is patience is much more involved than just waiting. I honestly feel I could devote the rest of the summer to this one spiritual fruit. That being said, today I’m posting part I of patience and I’ll post the second part next Monday!

What is Patience?
Patience is much more than just increasing our ability to wait. In Colossians Paul states we are to clothe ourselves with patience. How do we do that? We clothe ourselves with patience when we bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances we may have against one another. We need to forgive our grievances toward one another because our Lord has forgiven us. (Colossians 3:12-13) In Ephesians Paul states we are to bear with one another in love and be completely humble, gentle and patient. (Ephesians 4:2) Biblical patience encompasses much more than just a time period. Biblical patience deals with our ability to endure wrong doings, ill-treatments and personal injuries inflicted by others. When we endure these injuries and do not retaliate, Godly patience shines it’s brightest.

Patience is the grace of the man who could revenge himself but chooses not to.- Elizabeth George

Why must we be patient?
As we become more and more like Christ, we need to reflect His patience toward others. James tells us to be patient…until the Lord’s coming. (James 5:7) He goes on to say that we are to be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. We are not to grumble against each other, or we will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door. (James 5:8-9)

Why must we be patient? Because others are watching! Christians and non-Christians are watching to see how we handle wrong doings, insults and mistreatments. When these occurrences happen in life, do we allow our flesh to take over and demand our way, our say and our rights? Or do we realize that we bear His name and instead endure the pain because of our love for Him? The world reacts to insults with insults but we should not. We should react with love. Why? Because that’s what Jesus did. Please realize we can not do this in our own strength. As we stay connected to Jesus, He will give us the ability to be patient in our pain and help us to endure it.

Please realize I am not saying you can not defend yourself when wronged, just when you do, do it in love and take the higher road.

Next week I’ll discuss why we are called not to judge and why we must forgive those who hurt us!

Week 5 Challenge: Memorize Colossians 3:12-13 “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”

Chat with me in the comment section. I love to hear what you all think!

Love God Greatly,

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Comments

  1. Great post Ang! Boy have I been tested recently in this! lol!

    This also applies with the children – sometimes they "disrespect" me and I take it as an insult and get angry. I have learned that being patient and self-controlled is the only way to handle these issues when they arise – cause when I let them get me angry – guilt and apologies follow!

    Also, in marriage, being patient with our man is so important. We have to remember we married someone flawed just as we are. Patience does wonders in creating a happy, safe, sweet home.

    Thanks for the verses today Ang!
    Love you!
    Courtney

  2. I have been working on this fruit since the fall GMG session. I am making progress. The GMG challenges line up with everything I want/need in building my faith and love for God. Thanks for the challenges Angela! May God bless you:-).

  3. Thank you for the verse. After praying over it, I will pass it on to the other seven ladies in my group… This verse is providentially what i need.
    Thank you for sacrificing your time to point us heavenward.

  4. Hi Courtney- I thought about you ALL week as I was researching this topic!!! You did a BEAUTIFUL job demonstrating patience this past week! I couldn’t be more proud of you!!! I was praying, praying and praying some more!!! :) Thank you so much for being a woman who "walks" what she "talks".

    Hi Gertha- Ohhh I’m so glad to hear you’ve been enjoying the challenges!!! You made my day Gertha!

    Hi Sarah- No, thank you for passing the verse on to the other ladies in your group! :) I LOVE this verse too!!! I could actually do a post just on this one verse. I love everything that it says!

    Thank you friends so much for commenting back to me today! I really enjoy interacting with all of you!

    Love,

    Angela

  5. Julianne says:

    What a blessing this series is to me! Being longsuffering is one of my biggest challenges, especially like Courtney said, when the kids are disrespectful- sometimes I feel the need to "show them who’s boss", but having that kind of attitude doesn’t help. And really that makes them only want to buck against the system, which in so doing will make them only buck up against God. My biggest prayer is that they draw only closer to God, not away from Him, and having the Fruit of the Spirit evident in my life will help them to have it in theirs.
    I’m so glad I came across this series!
    Thanks,
    Julianne

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