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 interrupt each other’s sentences and end up in a full-blown argument. A driver frustrated by slow moving cars screeches around them, 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: uncomplaining endurance under distress. God wants us to go through our challenges without complaining. Instead, we can pray and practice patience. We can run to God’s throne (instead of the phone!) knowing that God will bring us through situations successfully.
Instead of complaining about her boss the employee can be patient 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, even saving his life and the lives of others.
Let’s all practice patience. With uncomplaining endurance 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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