“Showing Patience-Fruit of the Spirit”

“Showing Patience-Fruit of the Spirit”





is defined as the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering

without getting angry or upset.  For so

many of us, this is one fruit that is very elusive.  We live extremely busy lives and pack so many

things into our day that one hiccup in our day starts a domino effect that

pushes patience out of our lives extremely quickly.  Looking to God as our example, Exodus 34:6

describes the Lord as “slow to anger and rich in kindness and fidelity.”  The speed at which we are angered is key to

preserving our patience.  So, here are

some strategies we can employ to increase our level of patience.  1) Slow down; do not fill every hour of your

day with activities and deadlines.  2) Listen

carefully; don’t think of your response while someone is speaking.  3) Choose patience; remind yourself that in

every situation you have a choice of how you will respond—so respond with

calmness.  Finding ways to be more

patient not only impacts you, but is a fruit that makes others want to know the

source of your patience. It gives you an opportunity to tell others about

Jesus!  Simple acts to improve your

patience can have a big impact.