When one is suffering, the days seem long and the solutions indiscernible. In the furnace of tribulations, one is tested and proven under the fire of afflictions. As precious metals are refined in blistering conditions, so are suffering Christians.
Sometimes one forgets a critical component of suffering: long-suffering. Long-suffering exhibits patience and fortitude toward others in the midst of trials. At times, the believer, too, must be long-suffering even with one’s self.
Patience, a fruit of the Spirit, exemplifies the life of Christ. Practicing it truly challenges us, yet it attracts others to the Christ living within us.
When suffering, we must not forgot the “long” component. As Christ has been long-suffering with us, may the Holy Spirit help us to return the favor to others.