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This month I am going to write about the fourth fruit of the Holy Spirit in Paul’s list, which is patience. One of the most famous sayings about patience is that “patience is a virtue.” There are many references to patience in the Bible and I have selected a few of these that describe this particular fruit of the Holy Spirit:
So the slave fell on his knees before him, saying, “Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.” (Matthew 18:26)
Then his fellow-slave fell down and pleaded with him, “Have patience with me, and I will pay you.”(Matthew 18:29)
“But as for that in the good soil, these are the ones who, when they hear the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patient endurance.”(Luke 8:15)
“But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.”(Romans 8:25)
“The sign of a true apostle were performed among you with utmost patience, signs and wonders and mighty works.”(2 Corinthians 12:12)
“May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience.”(Colossians 1:11)
“Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer.”(Romans 12:12)
“And we urge you, beloved, to admonish the idlers, encourage the faint-hearted, help the weak, be patient with all of them.”(1 Thessalonians 5:14)
“But as for you, child of God, shun all this; pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.”(1 Timothy 6:11)
“I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry.”(Psalm 40:1)
“And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces patience, and patience produces character, and character produces hope.”(Romans 5:3-4)
“By your patience you will gain your souls.”(Luke 21:19)
“For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, so that by patience and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope. May the God of patience and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus.”(Romans 15:4-5)
We give thanks for the gift of patience, a fruit of the Holy Spirit vital to the living out of our faith.
Living in God’s amazing grace,

Pastor Matthew Groenke

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