FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT
Longsuffering (Gr. Makrothumia) - To patiently endure and to bear long with the frailties and provocation of others without resentment.
Commentary: Without the fruit of long-suffering, it would be impossible for the born again believer to perform any lasting spiritual works involving other people. Without it, an individual will be inhibited in their faith when it comes to believing God or any particular vision connected with serving God's church. An example of this fruit in the life of Christ can be found in his exhortation to Peter. Matthew 18:21-22, “Then came Peter to Him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, until seven times: but, until seventy times seven.”