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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Patience is a virtue

According to Galatians 5, patience, or longsuffering, is a fruit of the spirit.  So what does this mean?  Well when we accepted Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior, His Spirit came to dwell in us.  It is the quiet leading of the Holy Spirit that urges us to pursue holiness and steer clear of sin.  So Galatians is telling us that if we submit to the leading of the Spirit, patience should show in our lives.  We do not have to pray for patience.  The seed for patience has already been deposited into every child of God.  Situations and circumstances force that seed to develop into the virtue that God has promised, but only when we submit to the watering and nurturing from the Spirit within us.

Just a little truth to meditate on today.  I know this is a hard principle to put into practice, but it wouldn't be in the Bible if it weren't for our own good.

Lord help us to acknowledge and accept the truth of your Word and live our lives in ways that are pleasing to you.

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