Fast Wednesdays, October 26, 2012 — The Fruit of the Spirit: Long-Suffering

Greetings Beloved!

Today I am sharing some points I have discovered on the internet concerning long-suffering, I’ll share the links is you contact me. As you fast, read and/or meditate today remember Galatians 6:9So let us not become tired of doing good; for if we do not give up, the time will come when we will reap the harvest.


Galatians 5:22-23

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23).
“Long-suffering” is one of the fruits the Spirit creates in our lives as we live by His divine directions received through the written word.In defining “long-suffering,” the following words are used, “forbearance,” “patience,” “self-restraint,” “not hastily retaliate or promptly punish,” “opposite of anger,” “does not surrender to circumstances or succumb under pressure,” “opposite of despondency,” “long tempered.”

Short-temperedness is a common trait of some persons. It is the opposite of long-suffering. Controlling it will stand one in good stead in all areas of life: in the home, in the neighborhood, in the work place, on the streets, and certainly in the church. While all Christians are to be long-suffering, it develops to higher degrees as one matures in age and knowledge. Long-suffering would prevent all-night business meetings, many church splits, and words that never should have been spoken. It would prevent harsh judgments of actions that spring from immaturity and/or a lack of knowledge of all the facts. A lack of long-suffering is manifested by ascribing to others bad motives when we may have misinterpreted actions or words. A lack of long-suffering is shown when we have a short fuse that causes us to say and do things in retaliation to others. The Hebrew writer says, “For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise“(Hebrews 10:36). This implies that we can lose the promise by impatience.

How to develop patience and long-suffering.

One may flippantly say, “What do I need with patience, I’m not a doctor,” but the fact remains that it is an essential quality if we would be pleasing to God. (Hebrews 10:36) “For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.” The question is, “How does one acquire it?” I will here make a few suggestions:
  • One must be persistent in a desire to develop it. It does not come by accident. An impatient person prayed, “Lord, give me patience, right now!”
  • Exercise long-suffering toward oneself. If we are impatient with ourselves, it will be impossible to manifest long-suffering toward others. This is a common failure. We are impatient with our own shortcomings and mistakes. We get angry toward ourselves when things go wrong. This happens more frequently as we grow older, and our minds cease to be as sharp as they once were. We become frustrated at our own absentmindedness. At my age, and after two heart attacks and two open heart surgeries, I can loose a tool while I am working with it! It is very frustrating. When a person asks my name anymore , I reply, “How soon do you need to know?” or I pull out my driver’s license! If people ask me the names of my grandchildren, it may take me a minute to tell them. These things are a real test of one’s long-suffering with himself. A preacher asked a lady he was trying to teach, “Do you ever think of the hereafter?” To which she replied, “Yes, every day when I go into a room, or open my refrigerator, or go the grocery store, I say to my self, ‘what am I here after?'”
  • One must realize that the development of long-suffering is strictly the responsibility of the individual. He who doesn’t have it cannot shift the reason for the lack of it to someone else. Every man is the sole proprietor of his own physical mind and body. Paul makes this clear in 1 Corinthians 9:27. Peter admonishes the individual Christian to add it to his faith (2 Peter 1:5-11).
  • Following the “golden rule” is conducive to the development of long-suffering (Matthew 7:12), that is, be as patient with others as one wants others to be with him.
  • Study God’s word diligently. This will impress upon one the need for long-suffering. Observe this quality in God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, Paul and Christians who exemplify it to a high degree, “…whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation”(Hebrews 13:7).
  • Consider the uselessness and possible harm that can be done by impatience. The things we say and do out of a lack of long-suffering are seldom good or a source of personal satisfaction. In fact we often need to apologize for the things we say and do out of impatience. Personal satisfaction usually comes from realizing that we did the wise thing by restraining our words and actions in situations where we might have acted otherwise.


Long-suffering is a fruit of the Spirit, the opposite of it is a work of the flesh. As we contrast the two, it is easy to decide which we want in our lives. Not only is long-suffering essential to living a God-pleasing life, it is also essential to living a happy life. So we can say that it has great promise in the life that now is, and in that which is to come.


10 Wealth for Life Principles (From Black Enterprise magazine, October 2012):1.   I will live within my means.
2.   I will maximize my income potential through education and training.
3.   I will effectively manage my budget, credit, debt and tax obligations.
4.   I will save at least 10% of my income (as I tithe 10%*).
5.   I will use home ownership as a foundation for building wealth.
6.   I will devise an investment plan for my retirement needs and children’s education.
7.   I will ensure that my entire family adheres to sensible money management principles.
8.   I will support the creation and growth of minority-owned businesses.
9.   I will guarantee my wealth is passed on to future generations through proper insurance and estate planning.
10. I will strengthen my community through philanthropy.


Strides against breast cancer walk

This past Saturday I was honored to participate with my friend Mary Edwards and her company, Paychex in the subject walk; it was a 5K…I’m planning to find others so please share any walks, etc. you know are upcoming for our area here in SWFL. Thanks!

Also, the 40 day challenge…continues…


“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” Amen.  

Love, Joy and Peace,

Debra J. Ellis

Reminder AND/OR for those of you just joining us either by contacting me or I personally added you:
The purpose of Fast Wednesdays is to draw near to God on this specific day of the week fasting and praying in whatever manner the Holy Spirit is leading you as sisters in Christ…some have fasted from social media, coffee, or observed a traditional fast with no eating from sunrise to sunset with only liquids for the day, no deserts, etc. I know many of us for various reasons participate every week but in different manners. This has still been beneficial and the sisterhood continues to grow!

The key ingredient is that we are doing this together as sisters, of all ages, in the Lord both chronologically and spiritually in accordance to: A God-Filled Life Titus 2:3-5 “Guide older women into lives of reverence so they end up as neither gossips nor drunks, but models of goodness. By looking at them, the younger women will know how to love their husbands and children, be virtuous and pure, keep a good house, be good wives. We don’t want anyone looking down on God’s Message because of their behavior.”
Note: Please share Fast Wednesdays with your friends and/or send me names to add to the distribution list. For now, I will post in three places: email (, Facebook (Debra Fuller Ellis) and blog

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