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The fruit of the Spirit is …….. patience (Galatians 5.22)
John Chrysostom, a fourth century Archbishop of Constantinople (Istanbul),
described ‘patience’ as "the Queen of virtues, the foundation of right action,
peace in war, calm in tempest, security in plots.” As Christians, there has
never been a better time to exercise this gift of the Spirit, the gift of ‘patience’.
As I write, we are entering the sixth week of the ‘lockdown’. The novelty is
wearing off and life is becoming a little tedious. We are missing contact with
family and friends; even though technology helps us to stay in touch.
As the weeks and days of the ‘lockdown’ grow, the voices of those who
want a relaxation of the ‘lockdown’ get louder by the day, particularly the
media and those concerned with the effects upon the economy. As much as we wish
to return life to normal, now is the time for ‘patience’. The number of hospital
admissions and deaths has hardly dropped; people who appeared healthy and active have
been affected. We are months, maybe a year or more away from developing a
vaccine and the scientific experts agree that there is still much to learn
about this virus and its long-term effects. If the whole of humanity is to
defeat and eradicate this extremely contagious and unpredictable virus, then now
is the time for patience.
Patience is a difficult word to describe. When Miles Coverdale
translated the Bible into English in 1535, he had to invent the word
‘longsuffering’ to describe it. What Coverdale was trying to express was the
contrast between a normal person who is short-tempered and a Christian who
should be long-tempered. As we read the Old Testament, we gain a picture of a
God who is merciful and gracious, who time after time, is ‘slow to anger’ (Exodus
34.6, Nehemiah 9.17, Psalm 86.15). Patience is at the very heart of God’s
nature and should be seen in every Christian’s life, even in today’s difficult
times. Rob Brooks.