“Therefore I, the prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk worthy of the calling you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, accepting, one another in love, diligently keeping the unity of the Spirit with the peace that binds us.” Ephesians 4:1-3
The fruit of the spirit is quite different than the gifts of the Spirit in that, not one Believer will operate in every gift but all are expected to manifest the 9 characteristics of the fruit.
There are two different New Testament Greek words translated ‘patience’. One is hupomone and the other, and the one we are looking at in Galatians 5:22 is makrothymia. Let’s consider the difference between these two words.
Hupomone ~ is especially related to hope, associated more with situations; putting up with things or circumstances.
Makrothymia ~ is especially related to love, longsuffering with people, patience without reaction towards others. It can be perfected (this comes about by testing and brought through us by the Spirit).
Unpacking this word is very interesting. The prefix makros indicates it is going to take a long time to get to a certain point. The second part of the word, thymos means things like passion (as if breathing hard, ex: huff and puff), fierceness, indignation, wrath, and boiling up with anger. Gospeler, if you are going to manifest makrothymia towards others it is going to take a long time for you to huff and puff (you know what I mean!), a long time to have anger boil up inside you, and a long time for your emotions to turn fierce. Somone manifesting this fruit will be emotionally calm or quiet in the face of provocation, misfortune, or unfavorable circumstances. Patience never gives up! Patience endures to the end even in times of adversity and exhibits such self-restraint that it does not seek to retaliate a wrong in thought or deed. Let’s immediately thank God that this is one of His attributes!
As we consider patience as the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22) this is makrothymia as opposed to hupomone. In this case, we are expected to overflow in patience towards people as opposed to things or circumstances. Even though these two words generally to mean the same thing, here we find the verse instructing us to have loving patience with people.
Have you ever considered the way patience (makrothymia) is perfected is through testing? Ouch. Let’s bravely apply this and make it stick. Therefore, when you discover yourself in a disagreement with a person for the hundredth time, when you are having the kind of day when it seems most people are bent on robbing your joy, when you feel a simmer and know it will boil any second, when your circumstances refuse to improve, and when delay seems to only mean never, view this as your testing that leads to spiritual patience! Believer, there really is no other way. If you desire to yield your life to the Spirit of God and allow HIS fruit to be manifested through you, allow your testing to produce the fruit of patience. This is altogether beautiful.
Ask the Lord to strengthen you so that you may patiently love people that challenge your peace; remembering when your peace is tested and you press through with the Lord this Godly fruit will grow.
Review the post dated Oct. 24th regarding the weekly schedule concerning the Fruit of the Spirit. (Thursday we fast and pray. Friday consider what the Lord reveals to you and repent as the Spirit leads. Saturday, manifest/be aware of God’s patience in you at least once, Sunday at least twice, and Monday at least three times.)
In His grace,