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To me, the best answer that I can give is a very simple one and one that even a small, young child can totally understand! It means to endure to the end; to be secure with "waiting...as "wait upon The LORD...., etc..." The Apostle Paul was one of the very best examples of long suffering and endurance! Paul (Saul) on the road to Damascus; where, he encountered Jesus speaking to him and asking him "Why dost thou persecute me?" This was The Apostle Paul's definitive beginning of becoming one of the best examples of what it means to take GOD seriously, for our eternal souls rest in THE very name above ALL NAMES.....JESUS CHRIST! "Thank GOD that He provided a Savior! And, His name is JESUS CHRIST!" -Andy-
Peace—another aspect of the spirit’s fruitage—is a state of tranquillity and freedom from disturbance. Our heavenly Father is the God of peace, and we are given the assurance: “The LORD himself will bless his people with peace.” (Psalm 29:11; 1 Corinthians 14:33) Jesus told his disciples: “I leave you peace, I give you my peace.” (John 14:27) How would that help his followers? The peace that Jesus gave his disciples calmed their hearts and minds and allayed their fears. Especially did they have peace when they received the promised holy spirit. (John 14:26) Under the spirit’s influence and in answer to our prayers today, we enjoy the incomparable “peace of God,” which puts our heart and mind at rest. (Philippians 4:6, 7) Moreover, God's spirit helps us to be calm and peaceable with fellow believers and others.—Romans 12:18; 1 Thessalonians 5:13. Long-suffering is related to peaceableness, for it is our patient endurance of provocation or wrong in hopes of improvement in the situation. God is long-suffering. (Romans 9:22-24) Jesus also manifests this quality. We can be recipients of it, for Paul wrote: “The reason why I was shown mercy was that by means of me as the foremost case Christ Jesus might demonstrate all his long-suffering for a sample of those who are going to rest their faith on him for everlasting life.”—1 Timothy 1:16. The quality of long-suffering helps us to endure when others say or do unkind or thoughtless things. Paul urged fellow Christians: “Be long-suffering toward all.” (1 Thessalonians 5:14) Since all of us are imperfect and make mistakes, surely we want people to be patient with us, to be long-suffering when we err in our dealings with them. Let us therefore make it a point to “be long-suffering with joy.”—Colossians 1:9-12.
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