The Bible tells us in Galatians 4:24 about the nine fruits of the Spirit:
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”
Fruit Four Is Longsuffering.
Longsuffering is described as enduring injury, trouble, or provocation long and patiently. The Bible says in Psalm 86:15: “But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, long suffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.” Longsuffering is a part of Christ’s character. When He was sent down to Earth by His Father and had to die for our sins He endured all the pain and suffering that He was put through for us. He could have called down angels to come and carry Him away from the awful death that awaited Him or He could have decided not to die at all and let us perish for our sins.
As the verse in Psalm says, God is full of compassion and longsuffering and we, too, should be the same. Whatever it is that we are going through down here we should endure it as Christ would want us to. As Christians, God will never leave us nor forsake us, so we should not fear anything but endure it instead with patience, grace, and longsuffering.
God lets some hard times come to us to strengthen our faith and make us into a better and stronger person, so we should accept whatever comes our way with the right heart and live as God would have us to live.
Sir Arthur Helps said: “Strength is born in the deep silence of long-suffering hearts; not amid joy.”