Galatians 5:22King James Version (KJV)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Ephesians 4:2King James Version (KJV)
2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
Colossians 3:12King James Version (KJV)
12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering
1 Timothy 1:16King James Version (KJV)
16 Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.
These are beautiful words written to Gods children. They are words to live by, to remember and to words of action.
As beautiful as these words are it is sometimes difficult to perform. Our flesh fights against us and at times wins. Sadly.
For myself I have struggled and still do with longsuffering and at times failed miserably. My hearts desire or I should say a desire that the Lord has put in me is to do all things that will bring Him glory and not bring shame to His name. The verses above have showed me what I am to be and do. The last verse tells me that the Lord has great longsuffering with me and is an example for me that I should have longsuffering with others.
Even though it is painful at times and hard to bear it is what I am called to as His child. I am not saying we put ourselves or keep ourselves in that situation if we can help it. Sometimes it can’t be helped. I am learning really how to handle things rightly and show kindness amidst it all. I am not sure how things will turn out but I know God is in control and will only allow what He wills. Having mercy for someone and not having a revengeful spirit or showing unkindness to someone who has wronged you and continues to do so is what the Lord has shown me by His example. Should I not be that example? I know, I know its hard believe me but doing the will of God pleases Him and that is what is important. My love for the Father is first and foremost in my life or should be. Again, sometimes I fail. Trials come in all shapes and sizes and will continue in this life . It is for our benefit and growth. I try to count it all joy and am learning to lean not on my own understanding but on the word of God and its truth. Not on feelings or emotions for they will lead you down a path of disappointment and heartache. God is merciful, I need to be as well. Also to be humble and say your sorry even if the other person feels like they have been wronged, even if they haven’t. I am trusting the Lord in all things.
When someone in your life causes you heartache and trouble remember the verses above and go to the Lord in prayer. Speak the truth in love.
He is my strength and my shield and I can hide in the shadow of His wings.
Ephesians 5 James Version (KJV)
1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;
2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling savour.
3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;
4 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.
5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.
7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them.
8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord
15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: