Series on the Fruit of the Holy Spirit
There are NINE fruits placed in the life of the believer
On the very day you got saved, the Holy Spirit indwelt you
On that day, God put His Holy Spirit in you and there He
But He doesn’t sit idly by. He does two things
Changes you from the inside out
Exchanges your old works, with something he calls FRUIT!
The fruit of the Spirit
These are God’s replacements for the seventeen WORKS of
the flesh as listed in Gal 5:19-21.
The fruit of the Spirit is a direct result of my personal
walk and relationship with Jesus Christ in His word – it’s not complicated.
It just takes effort and focus (Gal 5:25) on your part! God help us ALL to have
personal love-life with the God of this Book!
So far, we have studied the fruits of Love, Joy, Peace
None of these are not natural in our lives – not like
anything this world has to offer – but completely supernatural!
This message will focus on the
fourth fruit of the Holy Spirit: long-suffering!
Message – Long-Suffering – the Fruit of the Spirit
Two part meaning
In a general way, suffering means to: Be afflicted,
bothered, endure, be troubled, have lots of “bad luck”
How do we normally suffer (see 2Cor 11:20 for comparison)?
Slavery – somebody else controlling your life
Bankruptcy – losing everything
Being robbed – somebody mugging or robbing you
Getting beaten up – somebody bullying you
But the word here is not just suffer
The fruit of the Spirit enables us not only to put up with
suffering, but to put up with it, and put up with it, and put up with it
Notice the LONG part of the word – to endure long
But also notice thankfully, it is not forever!
This is a word that is not on most lips today
Suffering to most people is something that:
Somolians do every day in hunger
The Jews did in the holocaust
The Irish did under the British rule
Surely it couldn’t be something a Christian is expected
to do today?
But it is!
In simple words – Long-suffering is the supernatural
ability to endure troubles, and yet still stay in love, be full of joy, and at
perfect rest, while you are struggling through the fiercest of storms!
What a wonderful fruit this is!
is Long-Suffering a Fruit of the Spirit?
We like the benefits of: Love,
Joy, Peace - These are benefits to US
But now come some benefits to OTHERS: Long-suffering,
These are just as vital as the first three!
And long-suffering is the first of this second set of
It actually counteracts two very vicious works of the
flesh that are listed in the previous verses (Gal 5:19-21): Hatred and Variance
Let’s learn how.
Act of Being Wronged – Example of David (1Sam
Three things needs to be understood to begin with
Saul is king at this time
David is only a shepherd boy
Yet, David has been anointed to be king
David slays Goliath while Saul trembled in fear
Watch the crowd’s reaction (1Sam 18:5-7) praise of David
more than Saul
Watch Saul’s reaction to the crowd (1Sam 18:8,9)
Saul begins to HATE (first word of the works of the flesh)
Then Saul become UNSTABLE – up one day, and down the
This is the result of being wronged, or perceiving of
But it doesn’t end there
Saul seeks to KILL David – the final fruit of hatred
Hunts David down for 7 long years – seeks to make HIM
Here is the Biblical principle:
Saul felt wronged – and sought to rectify it on his own
– by seeking to KILL the threat to his reign – which was David
David IS wronged by Saul, and yet suffers long, waiting on
the hand of God to act (1Sam 24:1-22)
Finally, after 40 long years of ruling, Saul finally dies
at the hand of his enemies, the Philistines (1Sam 31:1-6)
This ABILITY to Suffer Long is part of what made David the
greatest king of all time – the mark of a great leader
This not only happens several times between David and Saul
But between David and Absolom
And between David and even a nobody name Shimei (2Sam 16)
Every one of David’s enemies, got taken cared of by God
But it is given to us, not as a blessing, but as an
ability to endure hard times, but endure them the right way!
does God enable the Christian to suffer long?
He gives us Good examples
In the Scriptures (Ps 86:15)
Hundreds of real people like David, and most of all
Where would we be if God had not
suffered long with us? What would
our eternity be if we received our just rewards after our first mistake?
Isn’t it comforting to know that God is long suffering with us?
In church – everyone here is to be a good example. The
times of struggle, and suffering that you go through may not be only for
yourself – it may so that someone behind you can have a godly example of how
to go on, and love God, have the Joy of the Holy Ghost, and the peace that
passes all understanding!
presence – like
an inner pressure against the outer pressures!
reward – God is
trying to show us He will make it all up to us, no matter what we lose when we
suffer for His name’s sake!
Exercises – God
bit by bit prepares you for a bigger trial ahead by getting you through smaller
They are so numerous, it might scare you
Job (James 5:10,11)
Paul suffered for souls to be won to Christ (2Cor 6:3-14;
God with this world
A godly woman with her drunken husband
A godly teenager with their “always wrong” parents
A godly worker, under a hard boss
You could create a list all day long of the times when
The call is for us to allow the Holy Spirit be the power
that enables us to suffer long and win each battle, instead of so quickly giving
up and losing
Times God Has ordained that Christians Are to Suffer Long
(1Cor 10:13) – resistance is NOT futile!
Struggle with any desire to give up
Remember that God CANNOT allow you to be tempted above
what you are able – it is not in His nature!
Suffer long when your flesh wants to give in!
1:29; 4:12,13; 1Pet 2:20-23; 3:12-14; 5:8-10) – there are NO perfect
Christians – we all suffer in this life
Suffer long for believing your Bible as a Christian –
when people mock you, even other Christians!
Suffer long in order to live a godly life – doing right
People say, I don’t see you getting many prayers
Why follow such a “rigid” way
Lots of people are getting what they want (girlfriends,
money, etc) by just doing it “normally – any way they can
Don’t let them cheat you out of a godly life
Drink will not benefit you AT ALL, at all!
Suffer long as you do God’s will (Acts 5:41; 9:16)
Preaching, soul-winning faithfully, no matter the shut
Missionary in a far away jungle, alone, at high cost!
Going against the flow – your parents may not like it,
nor your kids, but go ahead anyway! AMEN!
in Love (1Cor
You ain’t in love unless you are ready to suffer –
The Love of God for US proves this!
Notice when you DO suffer, the fruit of the Spirit
actually counteracts the suffering not with HATRED and VARIANCE, but KINDNESS in
Loving your enemy – even though you have been wronged
– that’s what made them your enemy to begin with
Do good to them that HATE you
Heap coals of fire on their head with KINDNESS
If you think you are in love, and yet have very little
patience, then YOU ARE NOT IN LOVE!
Soul-Winning and Discipling
When soul-winning turns to an argument, turn the other
When kids are getting brain-washed, SUFFER LONG to get
them the truth – don’t ignore the ruining of the kids in this generation (Mt
19:14). Help me start Bible Clubs, Teen Discipleships, more SS classes, and more
churches all over THIS nation!
When you are witnessing to folks about the Gospel, stay at
it, and be patient at it – don’t let the rejection affect your burden, or
There is lots of suffering when starting a church – but
the rewards only come when a Pastor, and his people suffer LONG at it! AMEN!
you want to lay up treasure in heaven
(Rom 8:17,18; 2Tim 2:3,8-12)
Again, as I said earlier, there are great rewards for
staying at the Christian life, no matter the cost
God doesn’t call us to instant victory
But rather to faithfulness – it speaks louder than any
flashy words or skill of someone new on the block
The elect are the Jews, and the Jews only get saved when
Gentiles endure trials and yet stay true to the God of their Bible
a Church (Heb
No suing one another (1Cor 6:1-8)
Suffer together (1Cor 12:25-27; Heb 13:3).
Nobody should have to go through troubles alone!
Conclusion (Gal 6:9) - Be not WEARY in well doing
There are two kinds of human suffering
Suffering – all
the suffering you may go through in life – if it all piles up on you, and you
finally die, but without Christ – it will have been wasted, and your suffering
has only just begun!
suffering that happens AFTER getting born again
Now, THAT’S something great
All that suffering, no matter how much, will be made up to
You have got to believe that!
The fruit of long suffering is placed into every believer
It comes from God (Rom 2:4) who is very long-suffering
towards all of us and our antics – don’t neglect such patience and
long-suffering towards you – God is not willing that ANY should perish.
What ever you are suffering with now, is nothing compared
Whatever it may cost to follow Christ, it will be worth it
For the Christian, question is: How do we nurture that
fruit to perfection?
yourself to wait on God
- and wait, and wait, always trusting
yourself to do without what you think you need
yourself to be wronged
– do NOT seek to “clear your name”
If you say, “I can’t do that!” then you are holding
back the blessing of God that only comes to those who develop this most
important of outward fruits!