Longsuffering: Winners Never Quit And Quitters Never Win (4 of 9) by James Merritt

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Longsuffering: Winners Never Quit And Quitters Never Win (4 of 9)
Series: Fruit Of The Spirit - Home Sweet Home
James Merritt
Galatians 5:22

INTRODUCTION

1. THIS FIRST GRADE TEACHER, AND HER CLASS OF THIRTY-TWO FIRST GRADERS, HAD WATCHED IT RAIN ALL DAY LONG. THE LAST BELL HAD RUNG, IT WAS TIME TO GO HOME, AND THIS TEACHER BEGAN PUTTING GALOSHES ON ALL THIRTY-TWO OF THOSE FIRST GRADERS.

2. SHE CAME TO THE LAST LITTLE GIRL AND SHE WAS SO EXCITED THAT SHE WAS ABOUT FINISHED WITH THIS DIRTY CHORE, AND SHE BEGAN TO PUT THE GALOSHES ON THIS LITTLE GIRL, AND THEY WERE UNUSUALLY TIGHT. SHE STRUGGLED, SHE STRAINED, SHE PULLED, SHE TUGGED, SHE GRUNTED, SHE GROANED, AND FINALLY GOT THE GALOSHES ON THAT LAST LITTLE GIRL. JUST AS SHE FINISHED SNAPPING THEM INTO PLACE, THE LITTLE GIRL SAID: ''YOU KNOW WHAT TEACHER? THESE AREN'T MY GALOSHES.''

3. THE TEACHER COULDN'T BELIEVE IT. SHE STRUGGLED, SHE STRAINED, SHE PULLED, SHE TUGGED, SHE GRUNTED, SHE GROANED, UNTIL GLISTENING WITH SWEAT, SHE FINALLY YANKED THE GALOSHES OFF THOSE LITTLE GIRL'S FEET. JUST AT THE MOMENT SHE FINALLY SNAPPED THEM OFF, THE LITTLE GIRL LOOKED UP AT HER AND SAID: ''THEY'RE MY SISTERS AND SHE LETS ME WEAR THEM.''

4. NOW WHAT THAT WOMAN NEEDED IS SOMETHING THAT WE ALL NEED, A VIRTUE WHICH IS SORELY LACKING IN OUR SOCIETY TODAY, WHICH IS WHAT THE BIBLE CALLS ''LONGSUFFERING'' AND WE CALL ''PATIENCE.''

5. NOW I WILL BE THE FIRST ONE TO ADMIT, IF NOBODY ELSE WILL, I NEED PATIENCE. I TELL THE LORD ALL THE TIME: ''LORD, I WANT PATIENCE, AND I WANT IT RIGHT NOW!'' HOW MANY OF YOU HAVE A PROBLEM WITH PATIENCE?

6. I NEED TO BE MORE LIKE THE LITTLE BOY I HEARD ABOUT WHO WAS IN A DEPARTMENT STORE. HE WAS AT THE END OF AN ESCALATOR AND HE KEPT WATCHING THE RAILING AS IT WENT AROUND. A SALESMAN CAME UP AND SAID, ''SON, ARE YOU LOST?'' HE SAID, ''NO, I'M JUST WAITING FOR MY CHEWING GUM TO COME BACK.

7. NOW WE ARE TOLD THAT THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT IS ''LONGSUFFERING.'' (GAL. 5:22) MANY MOD ...


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