Elder Florence M. Johnson
The Fruit of Patience
An employee emails her coworker complaining about her boss - and copies everyone in her address book by mistake! Friends intent on getting their own points across end up in a nasty argument. A driver frustrated by slow moving cars screeches past, causing a fatal accident. Each action is driven by impatience, leading to negative consequences.
Galatians 5:22-23 tells us that one of the ‘fruits’ (how we act and react) of God’s Holy Spirit is longsuffering. Longsuffering is patience and self-control; uncomplaining endurance while under distress. God wants us to go through our challenges without complaining or losing our good temperaments. Instead, we can pray, knowing that God will bring us through our challenges successfully.
Instead of complaining about her boss the employee can be patent and ask God to handle the situation. That email would not have gone out, possibly reaching the very person she was complaining about. If those friends slowed down long enough to really hear each other they wouldn’t argue, and being patient would eliminate the driver’s frustration, perhaps saving his life and the lives of others.
Let’s all practice patience. With uncomplaining endurance and self-control we’ll have less stress, make wiser decisions and, avoid misunderstandings. Best of all our fruit will be beautifully sweet; a Godly witness to everyone we encounter. Amen.
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