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Supernatural Living – Patience

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The modern world is constantly moving towards instant gratification through technologies like microwaves, air fryers and online shopping. This is leading to an increase in impatience. Rather God wants us to grow the fruit of Patience in our lives as we walk in step with the Holy Spirit.

Patience brings

Sustenance

Resilience

Endurance

Growth

Fulfilment

About The Series

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. –

Galatians 5:22-23

In the Christian faith, believers who have been born again and live in obedience to God are expected to exhibit certain characteristics in their lives. These characteristics, known as the fruit of the Spirit, are often misunderstood as a to-do list or a set of performance requirements. However, this perspective can lead to a burdensome and futile way of living.

It is crucial to grasp that the fruit of the Spirit represents virtues that are produced within us by the Holy Spirit, rather than achievements resulting from our own efforts. In his letter to the Galatians, the Apostle Paul emphasizes that love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control are manifestations of the Spirit’s work within us, not accomplishments born out of our own striving.

Studying the life and teachings of Jesus allows us to gain a profound understanding of the fruit of the Spirit. His life serves as the ultimate example of how these virtues can be manifested through the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus perfectly reflected the character of God, demonstrating love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

By observing His life, we can learn from His example and allow the Holy Spirit to produce these qualities in our own lives. As we surrender ourselves to God and abide in Him, His Spirit works within us, transforming us into vessels of His grace, love, and mercy, ultimately fulfilling His purpose in the world.

Resources

Read James 1:3-4

How do you personally view patience as a “fruit of the spirit”? What challenges do you face in cultivating patience in your daily life?

Read 1 Kings 17:1-16 

How does the story of Elijah and the Widow demonstrate the relationship between patience, obedience, and blessings?

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