Patience – Longsuffering

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I got the following train of thought out of a sermon on Patience by Pastor James Faris this morning on the a fruit of the Spirit . The sermon didn’t expose all of the following but the word for patience did as I followed the word through the scriptures. Especially when it came to Romans 2:4. The goodness or kindness of God leads us to repentance. Rom 2:4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

Gal 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience,

μακροθυμία
makrothumia
mak-roth-oo-mee’-ah
From the same as G3116; longanimity, that is, (objectively) forbearance or (subjectively) fortitude: – longsuffering, patience.
Total KJV occurrences: 14

We are called to judge. But we should know that God is the first judge. We shouldn’t judge or condemn people especially if we do the same things or have done them. The word judgment can be defined two ways. One is Condemn. We shouldn’t do that. The other is to discern what is correct or right. That we are called to do. We are to warn ourselves first and others of the Judgment to come and to call all men to repent in the spirit of patience. But we should first repent so that we are not caught up in the same judgment of hypocrisy. Evidently some of those who were Jews were judging in the wrong spirit and were willing to condemn others (even kill them) when they were just as guilty. Remember the story about the Pharisee’s, the Harlot, Jesus, and the stones the Pharisee’s expected to pick up and kill the whore with? .

Romans 2:1-11
Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things. We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things. Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed. He will render to each one according to his works: to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury. There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek, but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek. For God shows no partiality.

Mat 7:3 Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?
Mat 7:4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye?
Mat 7:5 You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.
Mat 7:6 “Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you.

Luk 6:39 He also told them a parable: “Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit?
Luk 6:40 A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher.
Luk 6:41 Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?
Luk 6:42 How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother’s eye.
Luk 6:43 “For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit,
Luk 6:44 for each tree is known by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thornbushes, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush.
Luk 6:45 The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

1Co 5:9 I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people.
1Co 5:10 not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world.
1Co 5:11 But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one.
1Co 5:12 For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge?
1Co 5:13 God judges those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.”

Let him who is without sin cast the first Stone. None of us are. Let us be patient and longsuffering (patient) loving each other as we should be willing to build each other up. We are all adopted by Christ and growing up. No one is exempt.

1Co 10:11 Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come.
1Co 10:12 Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall.
1Co 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

Gal 6:1 Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.
Gal 6:2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
Gal 6:3 For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.
Gal 6:4 But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor.
Gal 6:5 For each will have to bear his own load.
Gal 6:6 Let the one who is taught the word share all good things with the one who teaches.
Gal 6:7 Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.
Gal 6:8 For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.
Gal 6:9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.
Gal 6:10 So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.

Sometimes the Word of God is just the best way to explain things. God wants us to be reconciled to Himself because He loves us.

(2Co 5:14) For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died;
(2Co 5:15) and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.
(2Co 5:16) From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer.
(2Co 5:17) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
(2Co 5:18) All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation;
(2Co 5:19) that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.
(2Co 5:20) Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
(2Co 5:21) For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Be Reconciled to God, please. Also let’s become patient with each other and life’s circumstances.

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