“The LORD is longsuffering”
The Bible says in Numbers 14:18, “The LORD is longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty.” The LORD Jehovah Jesus is longsuffering. Lo! Behold! Lift up thine eyes unto the heavens listen with thine ears to the words of God and consider the word longsuffering. Longsuffering is a fruit of the Spirit. It is the 4th of 9 fruits of the Spirit.
Galatians 5:22 says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance.” Of the 7 Spirits of God what is emphasized in this age of grace is the Spirit of grace which has gone forth in this age of grace and filled heaven and earth. The longsuffering of the Spirit of God’s grace has lasted over 2000 years. The LORD is longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty.
What is longsuffering? Look at the word longsuffering: long and suffering. It means more than patience. It means to suffer for a long time and to endure that suffering while waiting for God’s judgment.
Doeth not the LORD Jesus and the Spirit of Jesus fill heaven and earth? Is not Jesus Jehovah the great I am set up from everlasting; from the beginning or ever the earth was? When there were no depths there was God. When there were no foundations abounding with water still there is God from everlasting to everlasting. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. Before the beginning God is from everlasting. Before you or I was given life by God God; Christ is from everlasting.
What is longsuffering? Think about the everlasting to everlasting I am that I am, Jesus Christ Jehovah. To know the 4th fruit of the Spirit, longsuffering, let us think about the longsuffering of God before we think about ourselves and our own suffering. Oh, yes, indeed God has suffered. God has waited patiently for that day when God shall wipe away all sin and complete His perfect work in the hearts of men through Christ Jesus. How long did God wait to create the world? Lo, behold! God is from everlasting. God has waited from everlasting. And from everlasting He then created the world in the wisdom of His timing. From everlasting He sent forth His Son Jesus to die for the sins of men that those who turn from their sins to Jesus might receive eternal life and the righteousness of Christ.
Longsuffering. Oh yes longsuffering is patience; but longsuffering is also to suffer patiently for a long time. How can you have longsuffering as fruit of the Spirit without understanding the longsuffering that God has had on the world from everlasting? How long is everlasting? How long has God waited? You will never know the length you will never understand how long has waited in His longsufferinga. You will only know that it is from everlasting. Thus said God in Job 38:4, “Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? Declare, if thou hast understanding?”
The word longsuffering means slow to anger, it means a withholding of judgment. The word longsuffering implies a patience and forbearance. Longsuffering implies that God’s timing is perfect when it comes to when He hands out both mercy and judgment. Oh, yes, sin greaves God. O yes, the cruel violent, vile injustices and abominations that men do to each other and against God grieve God and cause Him suffering. God suffers and God knows the sufferings of His children. God knows the injustices of the world. God knows the anguish of the broken hearts. God hears the cries of those whom have lost loved ones to the world and to its violences. Yet God waits longer than man would expect. God withholds judgment sometimes on those that we know deserve destruction because God is longsuffering.
2 Peter 3:9 says, “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” Romans 9:22 says, “What if God, willing to shew His wrath, and to make His power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction.”
God will judge sin. The day of judgment is coming. The name of the LORD cometh from afar burning in His anger. God is longsuffering. But longsuffering is not a lack of judgment. Longsuffering is itself a judgment of God; judgment in the sense of discernment. Only God knows the hearts of men. Only God knows when a man has become so blasphemous against the Spirit of God that that man will never repent of their sins to Jesus. God is longsuffering. The vessels of wrath fitted to destruction that is to say, those who refuse to repent of their sins to Jesus when Jesus calls to them, God endures with much longsuffering these vessels of wrath because God is willing to shew His wrath and to make His power known. In time the longsuffering of God will reveal the power of God and even the judgment of God. The name of the Lord cometh from afar burning in His anger.
The more of the fruit of the Spirit, longsuffering, that you have, the more you will wait on the LORD and His judgment when you are in circumstances that are not within your power or authority to do anything about. All things work together for good to them that love God but sometimes we must wait with longsuffering to see those things work out for good. God hath spoken and God shall make it good. The promises of God are good. God is good. The greatest evils and injustices of this world God will turn around into something glorious for the Gospel of Christ if only you will trust in Him and in His longsuffering.
To have more of the fruit of longsuffering in your life will result in you doing a greater work for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. With longsuffering a Christian can keep a fervent love for lost souls and a joy of one’s own salvation. There is forgiveness of sins in Jesus. Jesus died for all. Jesus wants to forgive all men of their sins.
Jeremiah 15:15 says, “O LORD, thou knowest: remember me, and visit me, and revenge me of my persecutors; take me not away in thy longsuffering: know that for Thy sake I have suffered rebuke.” Jeremiah was a prophet of God. And he desired for God to revenge him of his persecutors. It is not a lack of love to desire such. It is not an injustice to desire justice against the wrongs done you. How many are those whom name the name of Christ whom have gone to and fro upon this world, whom have seen children raped, ravaged, murdered, cast into slaveries, or have had their lives stripped bare because of greedy and dishonest and vengeful men. There are many, who like Jeremiah, have been called crazy and cast into prisons and mental facilities because they give forth the Words of God. Persecution will never stop the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Yet even for those who love Jesus and who suffer as a soul under the altar suffers they should know that it is just and it is good to say as Jeremaiah said, “O LORD, Thou knowest: remember me, and visit me, and revenge me of my persecutors.”
To wait on the LORD one needs the fruit of the Spirit; longsuffering. To have the seven Spirits of God and to shine forth in this world like a sardine stone of the Gospel one needs to be longsuffering just as God is longsuffering. Yes you will suffer and it may be for a long time while waiting to see God turn things around from the horrible injustices that have been done to you. Simply waiting on justice can be a suffering.
Just remember that God is
longsuffering. God is from everlasting. Jesus is the I
am that I am. Behold consider the word everlasting when you think of the fruit
of the Spirit: longsuffering. The covenant of God is an everlasting covenant.
Psalms 86:15 says, “But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.” If God is withholding His judgment on someone it surely is because His longsuffering will result in the gospel of Jesus Christ touching someone’s heart somewhere in the world and leading them to be redeemed of their sins so that they might have eternal life. Yes there are vessels of wrath fitted for destruction. You may know some vessels of wrath. Perhaps you have seen the abominations of those who do things to evil to even to be spoken of. Those who have done such works may indeed be vessels fitted for the fires of hell. Their day shall come. Just remember God is longsuffering not willing that any should perish. The longsuffering of God will have it’s perfect work in this age of grace for grace in which grace increases in this world. And when that perfect work is complete we shall see the 69 of law and grace through Christ Jesus: The great turn around of God turning around and making all things good.
Lo, Behold O LORD, Thou knowest: remember me, and visit me, and revenge me of my persecutors. The LORD has passed by before us and proclaimed in His rising up and in His exalting, “The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth.”
Thus said God in Job 38:4, “Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? Declare, if thou hast understanding?” I will sing of mercy and judgment unto Thee O LORD Jesus will I sing from sea to sea on two wings of a great eagle shall I sing of mercy and judgment of law and grace and the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ who died for the sins of the world. God is a God of longsuffering. Therefore I know God shall avenge me of my persecutors. The name of the LORD shall come from afar burning in His indignation and the Gospel of Christ shall touch the hearts of all men in this world. O! that you would turn from your sins to Jesus and receive eternal life.
Revelation 6:9-10 says, “And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?” Yes those that are slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they hold cry out for God’s vengeance and God’s justice. Jeremiah cried out, O LORD, avenge me of my persecutors. Yet we know that God’s grace never goes to waste. It only increases in this world. The longsuffering of God shall with certainty see souls turn from their sins to Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 3:9, “The Lord is not slack concerning His promises, as some men count slackness, but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
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