The Waiting of Patience

Welcome back to our Fruit of Spirit Series.

Today, we are going to start talking about Patience.

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

The Waiting of Patience:
Psalms 27:14 (NIV)
14 Wait for the LORD; 
     be strong and take heart 
     and wait for the LORD.
Psalms 37:7 (NIV)
7 Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; 
     do not fret when men succeed in their ways, 
     when they carry out their wicked schemes.
Lamentations 3:25-26 (NIV)
25 The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, 
     to the one who seeks him; 
26 it is good to wait quietly 
     for the salvation of the LORD.
Romans 8:25 (NIV)
25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
Psalms 130:5-6 (NIV)
5 I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, 
     and in his word I put my hope. 
6 My soul waits for the Lord 
     more than watchmen wait for the morning,
Isaiah 26:8 (NIV)
8 Yes, LORD, walking in the way of your laws, 
     we wait for you; 
your name and renown 
     are the desire of our hearts.
Isaiah 30:18 (NIV)
18 Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; 
     he rises to show you compassion. 
For the LORD is a God of justice. 
     Blessed are all who wait for him!
The Work of Patience
James 1:2-4 (NIV)
2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
Romans 5:3-4 (NIV)
but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope.
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