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Dawn Gwin aka
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Kathryn Parker
June 16 at 9:16am


Romans 5:1-4 (NKJV)

5 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope.

The list known as the "Fruit Of The Spirit" includes patience,

Galatians 5:22-23 (NKJV)

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

but that does not mean the HOLY SPIRIT wills it into the believer's life,. Instead, HE acts as our ever-dependable teacher and the one who enables our growth. Spiritual fruit is something that matures over time as we obey the Heavenly FATHER and surrender to HIS Will.

Patience with both GOD and our fellow man is an outgrowth of deepening faith. The HOLY SPIRIT urges believers to take note of the LORD's handiwork on the journey through life. Our confidence in HIM is nurtured by answered prayer, the rich blessings that arise unexpectedly from difficult circumstances, and every trace of goodness and sovereignty grows, we find ourselves more willing to wait for GOD's solutions and outcomes.

In fact, I believe that recognizing GOD's sovereignty is key to developing patience. A significant part of surrendering to HIS absolute control is waiting upon HIM to do what HE will. It is wisdom to realize that our lives unfold according to HIS master plan--exasperated toe tapping doesn't make HIM speed up one bit. GOD expects HIS children to step into HIS timeline and practice patience no matter what pace HE sets.

Patience doesn't come naturally. That's why we have the HOLY SPIRIT. HE strengthens our resolve to endure without complaint when progress seems sluggish. After all, GOD is slow only from a human standpoint. From a divine, eternal perspective, HE's always working at the perfect speed.