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The Fruit Bearing Life, Part 4 – Longsuffering

Key Verse

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,” Galatians 5:22

Text — Galatians 5:22,23


Danny got back from school very hungry and tired. His mom told him to exercise a little patience, go take a shower as she gets the food ready. Danny felt that would take some time. He quickly took a part of the food from the pot and got his tongue burnt. He could not even eat the food thereafter because of the sore in his mouth. Danny could not endure a little discomfort of hunger. He lacked an important virtue referred to as longsuffering. This virtue is also known as self-control.

If we do not have self-control, we become slaves to what controls us. It can be food, games, gist, chatting with friends or sleeping too much that you don’t want to wake up early enough for personal prayers or devotions. Jesus, our perfect example, demonstrated longsuffering when He endured suffering in order to save us from sin. We can look to Jesus and pray to be more like Him in every way including the ability to suffer long, be patient and endure hardship for His sake.

Further Reading

Hebrews 12:1

Prayer for today

Lord, please give me the grace to endure all things for your sake.

Pastor W.F. Kumuyi
About Author - Pastor W.F. Kumuyi

Listed among “500 most powerful people on the planet” by the Foreign Policy magazine in 2013, Pastor (Dr.) William F. Kumuyi is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry (DCLM) headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria. DCLM started in 1973 as a 15-member Bible study group right in Kumuyi’s apartment at University of Lagos where he was a lecturer. His revolutionary Bible teaching on personal holiness and commitment to evangelism soon gained so much traction and resulted in a widespread revival.

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