Daily Devo

Rejoice and exult in hope; be steadfast and patient in suffering and tribulation; be constant in prayer.

— Romans 12:12 (AMPC)
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Developing Good Fruit During Hard Times

Adapted from the resource Ending Your Day Right - by Joyce Meyer

I've heard patience defined as "a fruit of the Spirit that can only be developed under trial." Really, you cannot develop patience any other way. That means the only way you can develop the fruit of patience is by being around obnoxious people who drive you crazy; waiting in backed-up traffic; waiting in endless grocery store lines; waiting for breakthroughs; waiting for your healing; waiting for people in your life to change; and waiting for yourself to change.

Be patient with yourself! Be patient with your own spiritual growth. Be patient with God if He's not coming through at the time you'd like Him to. Be patient with people; be patient with circumstances. Be patient because in patience you possess your soul. James 1:4 says that the patient man is perfect and entire, lacking in nothing.

Prayer Starter: Lord, help learn the importance of waiting well because I know that developing the fruit of patience means learning to wait well and I can’t do it without you. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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