CLICK A BLESSING TODAY – Long-suffering

Long-suffering is a painful experience which can cause a person to become bitter and revengeful OR show forth the fruit of the Spirit in a believer in Jesus Christ.

 Long-suffering  is endured in cases of spousal abuse, employer/supervisor harassment, chronic sickness or long-term disability in the family, successive failures in education, poor finance or relationships in the eyes of the world, and a personal “thorn in the flesh” as Paul had endured.

 What is long-suffering?

One definition of  Long suffering is  “ enduring: patiently bearing continual wrongs or trouble;  an enduring disposition” (wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn). It involves a torturing of the mind and a most uncomfortable environment, two factors which cause any one to be quick to anger or “explode”,   cause trouble in relationships between the receiver /carer with the harasser/ patient.  Long-suffering could be synonymous with patience, self-restraint, forbearance,   being merciful and filled with grace.  These are qualities hard to grasp with an element of self-sacrifice.

 We know that Long-suffering is one of the graces (together with Goodness and Kindness)  listed under the fruit of the Spirit and it is not affecting the individual person only but is manifested in relationships with others.

 Why do we need Long-suffering?

  1. Because God is our example of Long-suffering –   He loved us before we loved Him and waited for us to decide to turn to Him – some even don’t.
  2. As children of God, we need to follow His example – to be like Christ is our aim
  3. If we are not long-suffering, we will cause immense relationship problems among one another which is not befitting the children of God’s behavior, and bringing shame to His name as He expects us to live peaceably in Him.

 Paul recognized the importance of Long-suffering and his challenge to young Timothy was “Preach the word; be instant in season,  out of season, reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long-suffering and doctrine. “ 2 Timothy 2:4. This challenge should apply to us today especially as our pressures are mounting in every area of a person’s life in work, educational, family and social competitiveness, myriad of aches and pains newly discovered yet without permanent healing, and financial woes.  If everybody “exploded” it will be really messy.

 Our response to Paul’s challenge must truly be:

  • To aim to live peaceably with long-suffering, with those around us despite pressure, tauntings and difficult circumstances
  • To never take the long-suffering of our Lord for granted.

May we be Long-suffering and

  • abound in good works and in the love, grace and mercy of the Lord,
  •  with the 24/7 presence of the Holy Spirit in us to strengthen us, prompt us and uphold us in the face of opposition,  adversity in circumstances and personal discomfort and  affront
  • for His sake and glory that others may see Jesus in us
  • pray for wisdom and discernment to address each case as He would have us do.

Oh! to be like Thee, full of compassion,
Loving, forgiving, tender-hearted and kind,
Helping the helpless, cheering the fainting,
Seeking the wand’ring sinner to find.

Refrain:
Oh! to be like Thee, oh! to be like Thee,
Blessed Redeemer, pure as Thou art;
Come in Thy sweetness, come in Thy fullness;
Stamp Thine own image deep on my heart.

By Thomas O Chisholm

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2 Responses to CLICK A BLESSING TODAY – Long-suffering

  1. ptl2010 says:

    Thank you rickroehm for your comments on God’s long-suffering to us-ward. Yes, let us note that He pursues us to let us know Him whom to know is life. However, God will not always chide with man and one day there will come a time of reckoning, of accountability and it will be the result of our choice whether we have chosen to accept or reject His love in the form of His Son, Jesus Christ and His sacrifice on Calvary’s cross, His resurrection in victory over sin and death, and that He is truly the Truth, the Way and Life to God. May those who read this Blog and Comment who have not made the choice to accept Him, yearn to know this God of love, read “O Taste and See that the Lord is Good” blog( under its own heading at the top of this Page) to find out how you may accept Him by faith..

  2. rickroehm says:

    1 Peter 3:20…when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.

    For 120 years Noah preached righteousness to an unbelieving world. During this time God waited in longsuffering…as “few” accepted the truth

    2 Peter 3:9…The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

    The Apostle goes on to teach how God is longsuffering to us-ward (The Church now) in His great mercy and love for humanity… in the face of Christ. Those who perish (who miss the Rapture) are like those who did not get into the Ark in the days of Noah. God’s Judgment came the first time with the water of the Flood. God’s Judgment the next time will be with vengence and flaming fire. Fire will come upon those who obey not the Gospel (those who perish). God’s longsuffering (now) allows men to repent and accept Christ for personal forgiveness. Through repentance and belief in Christ they will make the Rapture of the Church.

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