Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Fruit Bowl Living (Part 4)

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Galatians 5:22-23


This brings us to one of my favorites. Patience. Now just in case you didn’t know this particular word in Galatians when talking about the fruit of the spirit was the Greek word makruthumia which means patience with people not just in circumstance. It is inspired by mercy. Do you get that? It doesn’t mean learning to be patient when you’re running late and there is construction or being patient when you’re waiting for your dinner to get finished. It means being patient when you’re running late and your little one spills a whole cup of juice on the floor and the dog has thrown up and your other little one thought they would help you clean it up with a roll of toilet paper which the dog then started to eat and thus the throwing up. You see how we respond to circumstances is important but how we respond to people is critical. This is where we display patience. With the people in our life. Not just in the circumstance but with our kids. They will remember if you were impatient. They will remember if you were always yelling at them. This requires a lot from you. It is much easier to yell or to do things for yourself than to patiently teach your children. But it can be done. You see motherhood requires much of us. It is not easy but we do have the ability to learn patience. To develop it. I don’t want to hear that you were just made that way and that is your personality. I won’t buy it and neither should you. That is a lie that satan would love for you to believe. He would love for you to think that because your parents were impatient you are destined to be yourself. This is just not truth. Go back to the word and find the truth. With the Holy Spirit taking residence in us we can be patient no matter what our kids do we have the power of God in us. Maybe this area is a struggle for you and I totally understand that. But you can be helped. I can be helped. We are never without hope.

Prayer:

Lord help me to be patient with the people in my life today. Thank you for the great patience you show me everyday. Thank you for loving me and gently leading me.

Amen

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