Longsuffering – Fruit of the Spirit Bible Verse

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One of the main definitions of the word longsuffering is that it is referring to patience. And patience is another sorely needed quality in the fast paced world in which we live in today.

Just watch people standing in line at the grocery store or at your local fast food restaurant and watch how short some people’s fuses are today.

Road rage is still a major problem on some of our highways. Look at someone the wrong way and they will want to try and take your head off.

Many people have been killed or seriously injured because someone lost his temper over something that was very trivial.

With the fast-paced ways of our society, many people have had their fuses shortened up and it thus takes very little to set them off. As a result, many people have very little patience operating in their personalities today.

For Christians, this poses a major dilemma. One of the ways of our God is that He is a very patient and longsuffering God. His ways are not our ways.

And one of the things you will find out very early on about His ways is that He works on a much slower time frame than we do. And unless you learn to adjust to His slower way of working things out, you will find yourself easily losing your patience with Him and how He wants to work things out in your life.

God operates on a much longer and slower time frame than we are used to operating in the fast paced world in which we live in.

You will really have to work with the Holy Spirit on this particular quality to get it properly worked up into your personality.

The reason for this is that your own impatience will start to act up and try to override the patience and longsuffering that the Holy Spirit will try and transmit to you. At times, it may become of battle of wills – your will against His will.

But once the Holy Spirit starts to try and manifest this quality up into your personality, then you have to try and move with it and allow it to get worked into your mind and emotions. If you do, then His patience will start to override your impatience, and before you know it, your fuses will start to lengthen and you will not lose your patience like you used to do.

Here are the different definitions for the word longsuffering:

  1. Forbearance, patience
  2. Patient endurance and steadfastness under provocation
  3. Forbearance under ill-will, with no thought of retaliation
  4. Patience, endurance, steadfastness and forbearance
  5. Forbearance under suffering and endurance in the face of adversity
  6. Ability to endure persecution and ill-treatment

With the way all of these definitions are reading, you can really see why we all need the patience and longsuffering of the Holy Spirit to start operating in our souls and personalities – especially when we are forced to face any kind of adversity. Sometimes it will be the patience and longsuffering of the Holy Spirit that will be the only thing that will give you the ability to last the entire length of a bad trial.

Learn how to ride and flow with the patience of the Holy Spirit in your daily life and walk with the Lord – and you will then be able to enter into a much more restful, peaceful state within your mind and emotions.

Here is a listing of all the 9 fruits of the Spirit and the link to each article on the particular fruit.

Table of Contents:
An Introduction to The 9 Fruits of the Holy Spirit
1. Love – 2. Joy – 3. Peace – 4. Longsuffering – 5. Kindness
6. Goodness – 7. Faithfulness – 8. Gentleness – 9. Self Control


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  1. Thank you so much for taking the time to write out a better understanding of longsuffering. I read the bible alone and have been in search of a new church home, but have not found one because of not wanting to be part of churches with jezebel as the leader. So I’ll be sure to check back here while reading the word and recommend your site to many other followers of Christ. I also pray you write a book soon. Like an ebook, or a physical book for us to take on the go. Thanks again and God bless.

  2. Thank you very much for the knowledge of long-suffering. These are some of the precious gems required by everyone born of God. For during the period of waiting long on God for that miracle, blessing or elevation, true and absolute faith in God is birth – one which sees and believes in the Invisible God (Heb11:27), that which is steadfast and sure, like an anchor holding unto God as Jacob who wrestled with the Angel of God all night long….

  3. loe B.
    I am very much impressed with what I have read about long suffering, I must thank you on the teaching. I was really thinking when I decide to talk about long suffering it was more on how Jesus Suffered for us, not how we need to wait on the Lord and keep our self control. But now I see how long suffering will help us with our walk with God by respecting others. I have a class that I am teaching on one of the gifts of the spirit and I choose long suffering, but I now no why the holy spirit gave it to me. The holy spirit gave it to me because I am in need of learning how to have long suffering for others.

  4. thank you for the definition for long-suffering am impress and how i wish you give us more enlightening .may the lord bless you for imparting more knowledge about the word to us am very grateful for the great commission

  5. i really pray for patience and to be able the long suffering aspects of ocd, derpression and anxiety. i pray for the strength that is needed in the battle to remain sane .
    rv 10/8/17

  6. Good article. Longsuffering is very difficult, but healing. When a man longsuffers long enough his blood pressure will be at regular range. It heals diseases through doing it.

  7. I have to admit that I am struggling with patience. I sometimes pray for clarity and expect answer immediately but I do not have my way most of the time. In other words, I am often reminded that my will must be aligned with the Holy Spirit. It is frustration at times. For example, I have been praying for gifts of Holy Spirit but my impatience is visible when I do get what I want, when I want it. God reminds me always that He is in charge not me. It is a learning path for me.

  8. I thank God for all the people @BibleKnowledge for loving me enough to both inspire & encourage me that I may go out to be a blessing to others. Thankyou for all that you do. May God bless you all. In Jesus name, Amen.

  9. Thanks be to God for loving kindness and his mercy toward me, for all the glory belongs to him. Longsuffering does not feel good to the flesh because it wants the things and the change when it wants it. I thank God for the holy spirit, it knows how to wait on God, for our time is not his time. Everything in life has a purpose, reason and plan, and this test we must pass , in order not to go through it again, if we stand for something then we will fall for anything. So count it a blessing that God allowed this longsuffering that he will get the GLORY out of our situation.
    Child of the King

  10. Learning to wait is not an easy task;it requires patience;doing this in the presence of hardships is even a greater challenge.As Christians it is required of us to be longsuffering,but how is this possible?We must be crucified with Christ.Paul states that we have to let earthly things die,to look up to heavenly things.Faith and hope serve as a conductor to flow in longsuffering because it sets us firmly in the face of adversity.Faith keep us standing even when anguish sets in within our souls and hope keeps our heads up. Learning from God himself his long suffering in the face of a disobedient humanity for which he have done the maximum sacrifice is sufficient for me to be inspired to suffer and to withstand adversity.

  11. “You will really have to work with the Holy Spirit to get this worked up in to your personality”… It would be helpful if you would give suggestions on exactly one would go about doing that. Maybe give examples of things one can do?

  12. First of all, thank you for such understanding of the fruits of the Spirit. Secondly, long suffering is one a lot of people have a problem with because so many in today’s society wants everything quick. It took me three years to get the patience I prayed and asked God for and I am glad He helped me to wait on him. Now I don’t let nothing shake my faith and rob me of my God given Joy.

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