Galatians 5:22-23 says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” Look at the fourth fruit of the Spirit: long suffering. Some Bibles use the word patience instead of long suffering and this is not wrong. However, there are two Greek words that can be translated patience. However, the Greek word here is makrothymia which translates better as long suffering. Makro, in English, means long while thumos means temper. So, the fourth fruit of the Spirit literally means, long tempered.
To be long tempered means that you have a long fuse versus having a short fuse. If you ever played with firecrackers, you had to take special precautions if the fire cracker had a short fuse. This meant that if you were not careful it could explode in your hand. If you were lighting an entire pack of fire crackers then you wanted a long fuse so that you would have time to run and find protection. A short fuse was a recipe for disaster.
It does not take much to set off a person with a short fuse. They blow up over most anything. The fruits of the Spirit, however, are the attributes of God that grows in us when the presence of the Holy Spirit lives within. We might have blown up over traffic grid lock in the past but now, we take it in stride. We might have exploded over the tiniest little things in the past but not as much once the Spirit begins to do His work in us. We become long fused. God is long fused and it is His goal that we become like Him. God’s will is that we become makrothumia—long suffering— long fused.
Today, ask the Lord where your fuse is too short. Look for those time that you find yourself blowing up over little things and then ask Him for the fourth fruit of the Spirit.
Scott Davis +