Galatians 5:22-23 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.
At some point we all lose patience with something or someone. I know that my patience sometimes wears thin and I become irritable with others especially those that really haven’t attained the age of accountability, that is my grandchildren. Age does not make it easier to tolerate the chaos of multiple young children. The fruit of the patience of God is another thing altogether. Through the Holy Spirit we can have patience in any situation.
We are instructed in scripture to be patient in a number of things. Be patient in tribulation (Romans 12:12), wait patiently for the Lord (Psalms 37:7, 2 Thessalonians 3:5), patient toward all men (1 Thessalonians 5:14), patient continuance of doing well (Romans 2:7) all for the hope of the reward promised.
Yahuah our God has abundant patience with us his wayward sheep. When God repented that he made man because of the wickedness that was on the earth and he told Noah to build the ark he gave humanity 120 years to repent. When he sent Jonah to Nineva to preach repentance the city did repent and God withheld the destruction Jonah had warned of had they not. However, the city returned to their former ways and, as far as I could determine in my studies, a hundred years later they would not repent so then God destroyed the city. He sent his son Jesus to be the ultimate sacrifice for our sins it has been about 2000 years that God has waited since then, allowing humanity to accept his plan for their salvation from sin and death. He is still giving us time to accept his son. God waits a long time for humanity to get it all together and acknowledge him as the only Lord and King over all as creator of the heavens and the earth and all that are in them. That is the kind of patience that he gives us through his Holy Spirit.
Numbers 14:18 King James Version (KJV)
18 The Lord is longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation.
Of course, we do not always listen to the Spirit of Yahuah and we tend to lean on our own understanding and being mortal, time restricted, imperfect beings we become impatient at times. This iniquity, if we are unrepentant, will be passed on to future generations for up to four generations. Then we need to repent and beg forgiveness and God will forgive us and the sin will be blotted out and never held against us. Although, we are not to continually sin in any way but to always be striving to be like Jesus who never sinned. To repent means to turn away from, so true repentance means we really do turn away from the sin and leave it behind as a bad memory. We are human and we will on occasion cave in to our human nature, but, the striving toward the perfection of Jesus will keep us improving and growing closer to our God. The closer we get to God the more we yield to him and the more his Holy Spirit can work in us.
Deuteronomy 7:9-10 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
9 Know that Yahweh your God is God, the faithful God who keeps His gracious covenant loyalty for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commands.
For those who love God completely and follow his commands he will remember the covenant he makes for an indefinite time to subsequent generations. He promised Abraham that he would make him the father of nations and his offspring would be a numerous as the stars in the sky and the sands of the sea shore. All this because Abraham loved the Lord and believed Yahuah without doubt, following his commands. Even though Abraham’s progeny were a fickle people, falling away from worshiping Yahuah Elohim the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and worshiping Ba’al, and the gods of the people around them, experiencing God’s punishment then returning to Yahuah calling again upon God over and over. Even so, God still fulfilled his promise to Abraham. Even today, the promises that God made to his people Israel are still being kept, even though they rejected their messiah. But God had a plan, and he is patient to see his plan fulfilled.
Years ago I had a dream of completely yielding myself to God. It was an indescribable feeling to release all of my burdens, all of my sins, all of my life to him. The joy was amazing, the healing was complete, and I treasure that dream. However, I still have not attained that point of complete surrender to the Lord of my life. Like Paul the apostle, I do things that I do not want to do and I do not the things that I want. Patience isn’t my most noteworthy characteristic, though, over the years I have improved somewhat. I do have hope that one day, I will have that patience which is the fruit of the Holy Spirit in my life – one day.
Psalm 40:1-3 King James Version (KJV)
40 I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.
2 He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.
3 And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.
Blessings to all,