Longsuffering

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

Part of the fruit of the Spirit in a believer’s life is longsuffering. A few translations use the word patience, but longsuffering better conveys the spiritual significance of the word. What does it mean to be longsuffering? Longsuffering with what? Does it mean persevering through certain unpleasant circumstances in our lives? Does it mean enduring hardship? Every day people from every walk of life have to endure hardships of one kind or another. The world is filled with hardship. First, we must understand longsuffering as it is mentioned in the above verse is a fruit of the Spirit. This means it has been divinely created in our lives. It is not a natural response to the unpleasantries of the world. Second, we must understand the fruit of the Spirit is a response, not just an abstract manifestation. The following is quote from someone I have respected as a spiritual father. Continue reading

Render Unto God

I just read another article where an atheist group is suing. This time it’s over a high school football team that prays together on the sidelines before games. My first reaction was one of indignation. The arrogance of it all. Well, that may be true, but there is something much deeper taking place. In some corners of Christianity there is the rallying cry to fight back. But Jesus said this: “The world cannot hate you, but it hates Me because I testify of it, that its deeds are evil.” We are moving rapidly into the fulfillment of Luke 21:17: “…and you will be hated by all because of My name.” It’s significant that all four Gospels record this truth. There is something in the very nature of what is unfolding in the world that confirms these passages. The hatred being manifested is against Christ. If we are identified with Him, then we will be hated also. It’s not necessarily people consciously hating Christians. It’s the very spirit of the age that is rising up in rebellion. Spiritually, we are seeing Armageddon unfold before our eyes. Continue reading