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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Consider It Pure Joy

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do. – James 1:2-8

Sometimes it may be hard to consider it pure joy when we are in various kinds of trials but scripture says to consider it pure joy. When we consider it pure joy we remember that after the trial our faith, and strength will increase. Keep in mind that when we face trials our faith is tested. When our faith is tested we develop perseverance – the will to stand under heavy pressure, the will to fight, the will to keep on swimming and to not give up or throw in the towel.

Jesus persevered when He was tempted by the devil and after angels ministered to Him(they helped Him). Later Jesus went out and healed and taught many. Read Matthew chapter 4.