Day 5 - The Fruit Of Long Suffering 

Mission to Uganda August 14

I didn’t really understand what the word long suffering meant. I thought it meant to suffer long (and in some ways maybe that is true) but, as I looked up the definition of long suffering, in the Websters dictionary informed me that it is:

1. (n.) Bearing injuries or provocation for a long time; patient; not easily provoked.

2. (n.) Long patience of offence.

The Greek word for long suffering is makrothumia; makro- meaning long and thumia - meaning temper. So makrothumia means to be long tempered.

Long - suffering can only be established in tribulation. You do not form such a fruit in the midst of peace. It is forged in difficult painful situations, in the midst of trials and tests.

If I want to love others I have to have long suffering - 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7.

If we expect greatness in people we should also be prepared to apply long-suffering to the person as they are shaped into the person they are destined to be.

The mission thus far has been full of opportunities for the gifts of the spirit to be developed in us. From faith to goodness and now long suffering. God is truly doing a great work both in Uganda and in the lives of team from the UK.