KEY SCRIPTURE: Colossians 1:11 KJV” Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness”;
PATIENCE normally has to do with bearing with situations and conditions that demands that one wait restfully till things improve or change. There is another way of expressing patience. This time it is towards unpleasant actions or conditions of another human or a number of persons. This type of patience is called longsuffering. It is one of the outshoots of Love. 1Corinth 13:4 KJV Charity(love) suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up. Love is longsuffering.
Longsuffering does not mean bearing with the inconsistencies of others with anger, pain or bitterness. Such an attitude is not longsuffering at all. Longsuffering is initiated by a genuine love for the one who may be acting wrongly. It may not only be towards one with wrong actions, but towards one with a shortcoming, like a handicap. A loved one who may be sick and needs constant care. An aged member of the family who must be cared for. They must be genuinely loved, which is expressed as, bearing with all the challenges that go with handling them. Ephesians 4:2 KJV “With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love”;
Many fleshly ruled individuals out of their selfish motivations may pose or give so much challenges to us. It may be your wife, your husband, your child, a friend or a stranger. Many of us also give in to our flesh and so fail at such a time. Some of us see it as an external pressure on our comfort. This thinking is wrong. Longsuffering perfects our Character. It is an avenue to allow the fruit of the Spirit to function in you. It is also a means of demonstrating God’s liquid love to others.
I am love ruled. I am not irritated, angry worried with the shortcomings of others. Their actions may be unpleasant yet I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me. I express the love of Christ by bearing with all their mistakes and inconsistencies.
Galatians 5:22 KJV” But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith”,
Ephesians 4:2 KJV” With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love”;