Patience, a precious fruit

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
James 1:2‭-‬4 NKJV

Difficult words to swallow.

Difficult truth to digest.

Yet, this words are a promise, not a judgement.

For the Word is clear, following Christ Jesus is costly, He suffered and so shall we.

Therefore, these words, this truth, is a gift to instruct.

When we fall into various trials we can find hope that God is using it to teach us many traits which the child of God should have.

One of the most profound being: patience.

It’s something we learn.

And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 1:5‭-‬8 KJV

It’s also a fruit.

Galatians 5:22-23NKJV — But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

The word long-suffering is often translated as patience.

The scriptures are full of those who patiently waited upon the Lord.

My brethren, take the prophets, who spoke in the name of the Lord, as an example of suffering and patience. Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord—that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.
James 5:10‭-‬11 NKJV

Thus, for the follower of Jesus Christ, we can find perspective in the truth that God builds our character and provides bountiful fruit from the seasons which we walk through with Him in patience.

Knowing this truth means, we do not merely endure the trials, looking for the end of our lives on earth, but rather we await the return of Christ our Lord, understanding the blessings of patience and steadfast obedience through times of difficulty.

Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.
James 5:7‭-‬8 NKJV

Not only do we anticipate the return of Jesus Christ, we have the opportunity to live daily bringing glory to His name and shining the truth of His Word to those around us.

For the patient faithful servant of Jesus Christ understands why they are waiting upon the Lord.

God has promised great things to His own.

Revelation 3:10-12 KJV — Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.

Let us, each one, look to the promises of the Lord with encouragement and expectation.

For the fruit of a life lived wholly unto Jesus is beyond the value of earthly things and to those who serve with anticipation it is a sweet reminder of the promises God’s Word gives.

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
James 1:2‭-‬4 NKJV

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for the promises to those who rest in You and endure the various trials and tribulations with patience found in Your Holy Spirit. Lord Jesus, I long for my life to be honorable before You and that I might bring glory to Your name. Thank You for allowing us to share in the marvelous work You are doing each day in the hearts of people. Please continue this same work in my heart. Lord, please help me not to chafe at times and seasons, but rather to embrace each circumstance with joy and gratitude, understanding that this is how our hearts learn well. Thank You for Your wondrous works. Thank You for Your blessings. Lord, thank You for Your promises. May we eagerly await Your return, redeeming the time, for the days are evil. I praise Your holy name, Jesus. Amen.

7 thoughts on “Patience, a precious fruit

    1. hope Post author

      You are so right! Life does test our patience, which is why I wrote about it. My heart needed the reminder. Our family has contracted the virus and as the days of illness creep by, my heart needs the reminder of God’s truth and promises. Thank you for your kind words and encouragement. I always enjoy and appreciate your time. 💖 God bless and keep you my friend.

      1. desirayl

        I am so sorry to hear that Hope, my daughter and my 4 yr. old granddaughter contracted that virus as well.
        Both are doing very well now. It has been a week my granddaughter is back in school my daughter is back to work, for she works at home. Which is truly a blessing from God.
        I keep praying that God will destroy this virus. Even at my church we had to go back to sitting in every other row, and because of that I stayed out of church for over a month. I recently went back last Sunday. But I sat in the balcony for there was only four people sitting up there. That made me feel much comfortable.
        I will add your family to my prayer list as well.

      2. hope Post author

        Thank you.❤️ I so appreciate the prayers of the saints. Glad to hear about your daughter and granddaughter doing better. We are thankful for God’s blessings and healing. I’m sure the Lord is working through this season. ❤️ May God bless and keep you!

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