The Fruit of the Spirit is Patience

Written by: Ricky Spears       Recorded by: Ricky Spears

The Fruit of the Spirit is Patience

This meditation is the fifth of a ten part series on The Fruit of the Spirit. It has often been said that if you need patience, you shouldn't ask God for it because the only way to grow patience is to be put in stressful situations where you have to be patient. But what about our patience towards God? And more importantly, what about our patience towards other people? It's so easy to become frustrated when others don't act the way we expect them to. It's so easy to want to rush to correct them, to chastise them, and to change them. God wants us to bear the fruit of His patience through us that His higher purposes might be achieved--the fruit of the Spirit is Patience.

We began this series with a contemplative overview of The Fruit of the Spirit, and the next three episodes focused on the fruits of Love, Joy, and Peace. If you would like to do this particular series of biblical meditations in order, you'll want to begin with these four meditations.

This has been my most challenging meditation to write yet. It's hard to believe that it has been over 3 months since I've published a new meditation. I believe that God has been growing the fruit of patience in my life during this time, and in yours too--especially if you've been anxiously awaiting the release of this meditation. I'm excited about the work that He is doing in my life and yours, regardless of the methods He uses to achieve it. It's a wonderful journey and I'm glad to take it with wonderful listeners like you.

If you would like to listen to the Fruit of the Spirit Series in order:

  1. Love
  2. Joy
  3. Peace
  4. Patience
  5. Kindness
  6. Goodness
  7. Faithfulness
  8. Gentleness
  9. Self-Control

Scriptures: Galatians 5:22-23, Matthew 18:23-27, 2 Peter 3:15, 2 Peter 3:9, Hebrews 6:13-15, 1 Thessalonians 5:14

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What People are saying about "The Fruit of the Spirit is Patience”

  1. Victoria
    June 19th, 2010 at 2:56 am

    I loved this!
    I have been praying for the Lord, change my mind, change the way I view others, change the way I view myself.
    And this is where He led me!! Thank you for sharing and thank you for helping me to think the way God thinks!!

  2. Ricky Spears
    June 20th, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Victoria – It’s my pleasure! I’m glad you found the podcast helpful in your walk with Christ. Thanks for letting me know! I always appreciate hearing encouraging words.

  3. tina botley
    September 26th, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    thank you I love this I need this and for my family thank you so much and god bless.

  4. Nimmi Hutnik
    February 22nd, 2012 at 5:52 am

    what a marvelous resource! i had been wondering what next to use to feed my spirit. here it is. and it is free! how come you do this for free?
    i wondered what the link between patience and patients (as in people who are sick) is? do you think there is one?

  5. Ricky Spears
    March 15th, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Nimmi – Thank you for your compliments. I hope you find the resources here helpful. Regarding ‘patience’ and ‘patients’, I believe those two words have very different etymologies. However, I do find that we can often make some helpful associations between words that aren’t etymologically related, such as son and sun. So there is certainly some value in recognizing that patience is required of all patients. 🙂

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  7. mdonham
    October 27th, 2013 at 12:19 pm


    Your meditations are very helpful in my journey with Christ.

    This is a great ministry.


  8. michelle zobrest
    December 12th, 2014 at 7:01 am

    This helps me sleep! I love this!

  9. Anthea Shirk
    December 15th, 2014 at 2:29 am

    This meditation was extremely helpful to me this week while dealing with some difficult people and situations. Thank you for doing these: they allow me to focus on God’s Word in a way that I haven’t before. I listen right before bed and then wake up thinking about scripture. Excellent!

  10. Steve Dalton
    December 15th, 2014 at 9:07 am

    Michelle, Thanks for your comment. My daughter also listens to calm her mind so she can sleep, especially when she is anxious about something.

  11. Steve Dalton
    December 15th, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Thanks for your comment. It is a great practice to fill your mind and heart with God’s Word “last thing” before sleep and then “first thing” when you get up. It is so encouraging to hear how God is using these meditations in your life.

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