Got Fruit: Patience

summer series got fruitHebrews 6:11-12
We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized. We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.

I hope you have been enjoying our summer series. Today our focus is on the characteristics of patience.  Patience is the ability to remain calm and not become annoyed when waiting for a long time or when dealing with problems or difficult people. When I think of patience I am reminded of a verse of Scripture I found many years ago that helped me in life. Be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. If you let that verse sink in, it will help you in life as well.

Young children have a mindset that everything in life is about them which is understandable. After all, they are born into the world not yet having the ability to do anything for themselves. Life is about them. But as children grow up, they are taught how to do things for themselves and they begin to learn life skills such as sharing, letting others go first and waiting until their turn. In essence, children begin to learn how to exercise patience.

Patience leads to maturity…

Patience allows us to be in charge of our emotions, instead of our emotions being in charge of us. The Message Bible says in James 1:4 to let it (patience) do its work so that we become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way. Patience leads to maturity which is defined as the condition of being ripe, fully aged, or fully grown, especially mentally or emotionally. If we want to receive what has been promised then it going to take faith along with patience .

I want to remind you that the fruit of the Spirit is not something that we bear or show forth on our own. Jesus is the vine and we are the branches. We have to be connected to the vine to bear real fruit, the kind of fruit that remains. The fruit that is truly evident in our lives is the fruit produced when we yield ourselves to the power within, the Holy Spirit. Paul prayed that we would be strengthened with His power, so that we would have the endurance, the patience we need.

A person can learn how to demonstrate patience purely by an exercise of his or her will.  However patience that is demonstrated consistently throughout all areas of one’s life is a result of choosing to actually yield to the Spirit who produces patience.  Love is patient… If you were to rate your level of patience on a scale from 1 to 10 (1 being impatient and 10 being patient), what would it be?

Remember to be REAL…