When consulting knowledge I like to dive into the scriptures. I believe that all knowledge starts in the scriptures and all knowledge ends in the scriptures. We’re just the inbetween and we make of it what we will. Being that we believe these scriptures are infallible then I wholeheartedly believe we must learn and store these in our hearts. I am going to be covering the fruits of the Spirit in my studies over the next 9 days and I wanted to start with patience because I feel as if I have lost a lot of mine and want to refill my tank in such a way as knowing where, what and why the importance of such a wonderful thing.
First things first. The fruits of the Spirit scripture that we all know and love, most of the time. It is found in Galatians chapter 5 verses 22 and 23. I’m using NASB (New American Standard Bible) at the moment.
22 …the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; …
One of my favorite books to look at is Proverbs when it comes to finding more scriptures based on a situation since it is the book of wisdom. In Proverbs 15:18 it says, “A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, But the slow to anger calms a dispute.” In other versions the word slow is also used as patient.
And it is true, once impatience sets in we then become aggravated. Aggravation and anger can be a powerful tool if we learn how to recognize it, not let it control us, and proceed to be patient with this aggression we are feeling and use it towards constructing purposes. But there is a very important word in there called patience and without it we can end up being very destructive and the Bible considers those of us foolish.
However, thankfully, there is forgiveness for our shortcomings. I know I have had many shortcomings in life but I think the idea is not to give up regardless and keep pressing forward into making ourselves whole. Listening to Graham Cooke speak on these things is also very helpful. He, Graham, mentions (paraphrasing) that Jesus already sees us as who we are and to get over our insecurities about ourselves. And it is true, Jesus already sees the finished product in us, we just can’t give up no matter how bad we assume we missed things.
One thing we must do, is be patient, with ourselves. With the next two upcoming posts today to cover patience I will be talking about shortcomings with myself and shortcomings in the Bible along with the fulfillment of patience and its blessings.