Longsuffering simply means being able to suffer long while also keeping patience or a positive attitude. Longsuffering is a part of the fruit of the Holy Spirit; and God desires for us to be filled with His Holy Spirit. So with that being said, it is apparent that God has made us to ENDURE hardships, not to give in or throw in the towel!
We must face the fact that we will have to suffer and go through some things as being believers in Christ. Philippians 1:29 (New King James Version) says, “For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake.” And that’s okay-Do you not realize how much Jesus suffered on the cross for us? He was beaten, laughed at, persecuted, and He ultimately gave His life for us.
Suffering is never fun but the beauty of it is that if we suffer with Christ we will also get to rejoice and be glorified with Him in the end. (Romans 8:17, NKJV) See God knew we would have to suffer a bit for His sake. But He gives us the ability to suffer long while keeping a glad heart by the filling and fruit of His Holy Spirit.
Nobody likes to suffer; but thankfully when we have God we don’t have to do it by ourselves. And remember, our suffering is not in vain-we will have a great reward in the end! Romans 8:18 (NKJV) says, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”
So in the midst of your sufferings, I encourage you to take delight in knowing that your sufferings are small compared to the IMMEASURABLE victory that you will have with God in the end!
Say this short prayer:
Lord, help me to understand that you have not left me unequipped for the sufferings that I will have to endure. Fill me with your Holy Spirt that I may have longsuffering in my life. And Lord, help me to endure until the end and to do it with a glad heart, knowing that my sufferings are not in vain. In the name of Jesus I pray, Amen!
-To God be the Glory
*Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by Permission. All rights reserved.