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The fruit of the Spirit is….Patience

What does it mean to be patient with one another?

  • Patience is forgiveness in the face of repeated sin.
  • Patience is servanthood that requires sacrifice.
  • Patience is gracious speech in response to harsh language.
  • Patience is gentle questions rather than accusations.
  • Patience is faith for future growth.
  • Patience is faithfulness in the face of failure.
  • Patience is hope in the face of setbacks.
  • Patience is evidence of the Holy Spirit.
  • Patience is the fruit of a transformed heart.
  • Patience is a harvest of the gospel seed.
  • Patience reflects the character of the Good Shepherd.
  • Patience is being like our long-suffering God.
  • Patience requires living each moment at the foot of the cross.

Many of us may find peaks of love, moments of joy, occasions of peace, outbursts of kindness, offerings of goodness, expressions of gentleness, and victories of self-control to be present in our Christian walk. But we need to look for those fruit categories that require time if we want to  be proven genuine fruit bearing trees of the Holy Spirit, planted near the water of the gospel.  Patience cannot be proven in a moment, but only over many moments. It cannot be demonstrated once, but must be seen again and again. Patience is revealed after much road has been traveled, not at the beginning of the journey. Let us look to see patience shining in our relationships so that we may bear that other fruit of the Spirit that takes time to prove….faithfulness. After all, patience is one of the ways that distinguishes a temporary enthusiast from one who will receive the eternal reward–the commendation of the good and faithful servant.   So, let us pray for the Holy Spirit to bear the fruit of patience in our lives, so that we will prove faithful to Him from the beginning of our journey all the way to the end.

Carry the Truth With You

One of the treasures of wisdom that my dad gave me when I was a kid:  take a single Bible verse with you into the day.  His counsel was to have some bit of scripture that is with you all day long, through the challenges and opportunities, through the work and the rest that each day brings.  Most of the time I forget that advice, but on rare occasions I remember and receive the gift of truth nourishing me all day long.

So, let me pass this advice on to all, even as I remind myself of it.  Let us carry the truth with us. Take a bit of Scripture, pocketed in your soul, and nourishing your heart, throughout the day.

Thanks for Receiving

Our church has benefited from its inception from our partnership with Sovereign Grace Churches.  Our pastors have been trained at the Sovereign Grace Pastors conference. We regularly receive counsel and encouragement from Sovereign Grace pastors around the world. We sing many songs written by members of Sovereign Grace churches.  We benefit from guest speakers who travel from their own church in the Sovereign Grace family to benefit us.

I’d like to highlight an often unrecognized gift that Sovereign Grace churches are to us:   They make it possible for us to fulfill our mission by serving and giving to bless other churches.   A faithful New Testament church cannot fulfill its full mission without serving and blessing other churches and supporting the gospel advancing in other countries.  Of course, for a church without global partners, this calling is made incredibly difficult by the continual need to seek out churches and mission groups that agree with our understanding of gospel mission. Certainly Sovereign Grace is not the only Biblically faithful ministry in the world!  There are many gospel-centered, Biblical churches and mission organizations.  However, locating a family of churches that shares your doctrinal values and is committed to building gospel-centered, Biblically-fed churches means we can give and encourage and partner with confidence and joy. We can give knowing we’ll be able to hear how our gifts are bearing fruit.  We’ll even benefit as new churches are built who then partner with us in further giving for the advance of the mission and the care of like-minded churches.

The point is–we would be responsible to give and partner and support and serve some church or some ministry in any case, simply to fulfill our Biblical calling.  To know, and love, and benefit personally from those we also support is an incredible gift–making it much easier to be the cheerful giver that God calls us to be! So, to our fellow Sovereign Grace churches–thanks for receiving.  You make it a joy to give.

 

 

 

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