Do you struggle with patience as I do? When I consider the fruit of the Spirit the Lord calls us to bear, I see how I am strong in some areas and needing much more work in others. Like with patience. Patience just doesn’t come easy to me. Does it come easy to you? It’s not so fun to be patient, is it? It can be pretty challenging with certain matters and particular people, don’t you think? Maybe even seemingly impossible sometimes! But this message isn’t about our need for patience. It’s about something I believe many of us myself included may take for granted. The Lord’s amazing, amazing, absolutely stunningly amazing patience with us!
In the King James version of the Bible, “longsuffering” is used instead of the word patience. Certainly for us humans, we may experience some “suffering” in having to be patient. But can you even fathom the “longsuffering” of the Lord God almighty in dealing with all of humanity? Oh my goodness! Below please find some verses concerning the Lord’s longsuffering.
Perhaps you may be led to meditate on this matter. On the absolute awesomeness of God when it comes to His patience. Perhaps you may be led, too, to meditate on His breathtakingly beautiful character as well. For He is not only longsuffering as though that in itself isn’t fantastic enough. But He is loving, merciful, generous, giving, kind, tender, powerful, wise, bestowing grace upon us, ever sacrificing, meek, yes, humble, and on and on His stunningly beautiful character goes.
Even as He is longsuffering, He is all of this. Is He angry at times? Yes! Does He have indescribable wrath? Yes! Does He give unbelievably hard consequences to those who rebel against Him and refuse to repent? Yes! But still, He is so very, very loving. And He desires that all will turn from our sins, believe in Christ as Lord and in His death and resurrection, and surrender all to Him. For He does not desire that the very people He created suffer the consequences of sin and end up ultimately in hell and the lake of fire in forever torment away from Him. He desires that we all humble ourselves before Him and give ourselves utterly over to Him once and for all and forevermore!
Consider the longsuffering of the Lord! Oh, how amazing is the Lord! Amen!
Father, your patience with me through the years is utterly astounding. If I consider how many people worldwide you have shown longsuffering toward as you have toward me, there are not words to describe the awesomeness of your loving patience. Oh, God, please before it’s too late, turn people to you! Lead people everywhere to repentance! Don’t give up on humanity and this world yet, oh Lord!
Have mercy upon us! Be longsuffering with us, yes! Please draw people to yourself and save, save, save people near and far and everywhere! I know not all will repent and turn to you. I know many will go to hell and the lake of fire forever. But there are still people on this earth who will turn to you. So turn them, turn them, turn them to you and forgive and bring them by your grace and through their faith into your forever and ever Kingdom!
Thank you for your longsuffering! And for those of us who are following you, we still all need work. We still stumble and fall. We still have areas of our lives that need so much work! And our hearts also! Oh, God, be longsuffering with us and change us, grow us, refine us, purify us, fill us again and again and more and more with your Spirit and use us for your glory and send us out everywhere to spread the Good News message and bring glory to your name and help more and more people to faithfully follow you, oh Lord God, yes! AMEN!
“But You, O Lord, are a God full of compassion, and gracious, Longsuffering and abundant in mercy and truth.” Psalm 86:15
“Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?” Romans 2:4
“What if God, wanting to show His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, and that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had prepared beforehand for glory, even us whom He called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?” Romans 9:22-24
“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9