Spirit Fruit ~ Patience; Always Returning in Love

"Acorn to Oak"

“Acorn to Oak”

I realized I was not always patient and in my impatience I was not always kind.
In taking it back to God, this scripture kept returning ~ (1Corinthians 14:6).

“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.” Above all, God is Love. Love does not describe Him, Love is what he is, (1 John 4:8) and in his Love we find him patient. “The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” (2Peter 3:9)

Our Lord is so merciful and patient in His love for us. Not only does he not give what we deserve, but he patiently waits for us to accept His gift of salvation, in which we don’t deserve. His Love is demonstrated in his patience toward the undeserving, which includes us all. Would it not be possible then, through the Christ cultivation of our own patience, we also learn to possess our souls”. “By your patience possess your souls.” (Luke 21:19)

In My Utmost for His Highest, Oswald Chambers shares with us…… “We must learn to express this new life within us, which comes by forming the mind of Christ (see Philippians 2:5)….. The Christian life is one of spiritual courage and determination lived out in our flesh.”

For this courage, we must always look to Him.

Heavenly Father, I realize I am to keep my eyes held high to you, and eyes lowered in my patience towards others. My desire is to cultivate my soul in the essence of your spirit, not merely rooted in my passing mood, or the moodiness of others, but deeply rooted in your love. Thank you for your loving patience Lord, your mercy and your grace. Keep me courageous, yet humble, in my determined life in you. ~Amen :Y

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