Longsuffering

Longsuffering.

I learned what that word meant some years ago as I did a painting on the verse Galatians 5:22-23.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
Galatians 5:22‭-‬23 NKJV
Today I thought about my relationship with one I consider my past “significant other,” but truthfully my past(?) love. I was thinking I went through longsuffering with him.

Longsuffering basically means being patient. However it is an extensive kind of patience. Imagine a husband or wife with a spouse, a child or a relative with cancer or some other type of deadly or serious illness. That wife, husband, parent or whoever would have no choice but to suffer long as their loved one goes through life with this temporary or possibly permanent illness. At some point, as true Christians we will go through some type of longsuffering.

Now don’t get me wrong. Longsuffering is not a bad thing. Why? Because God’s word says,

“…we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.”
Romans 5:3‭-‬4 NKJV

In patience, there is an element to persevere. You gotta stick with it, stick through it. Not many of us have a choice as to whether we will stick it through or skip over it. What is a shame is that if you skip that situation, you just may face it again until you learn what you should have learned the first time that situation occurred. So, please don’t skip over the hard stuff in this life that we face. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather go through a hard time once and learn my lesson, than go through it three, four or five times.

I started this post thinking about what I’m going through. I’m happy I didn’t vent about my situation. My venting shall go elsewhere. This blog isn’t just about me and my life, but it is to share the word of God, the gospel, and everything else in the same line or topic. I want to share how I feel, but what’s the point.

Still love God,

In the end,

He knows

What is best.

TC

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Love One Another 

Little children, I am with you [only] a little longer. You will look for Me and, as I told the Jews, so I tell you now, ‘Where I am going, you are not able to come.’   I am giving you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, so you too are to love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you have love and unselfish concern for one another.”

JOHN 13:33‭-‬35 AMP

Follow Up: When Two Become One

I just posted a poem about when two people become one in marriage. Sure, people become one by having sex with whomever and whenever they want, but that is not what l’m talking about here.

The poem was written when I really thought about all the changes that happen to two individuals once they commit to marriage. Being unmarried, my point of view comes from taking notice of those who are. So yeah, I’m not married, yet, but would like to be. The timing and everything else I pray about and leave in God’s hands.

Anyway, since I’m not married yet, I’d like to hear from those of you who are. 🙂

If you are married, what thoughts would you add to the poem? (No worries, it doesn’t have to be poetic. 🙂 )

If you’d like to share, what were your experiences while being with the one you are married to before you were married?

Is there anything note worthy about the times you and your, now, spouse discussed about or during your first few years of marriage?

We Will Worship

http://youtu.be/sAGuw46SFYU

Enjoy! These are the basic lyrics.

He still has the whole world in His hands

He is still the beginning and the end

He still guides the sparrow as it flies

But you and I are still the apple of His eye

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We will believe the report of the Lord,

 we will trust in Him, worship in one accord,

 He is marvelous in power,

 always strong in the midnight night hour,

now is the time for the divine favor of the Lord

♥God

-TC