Patience. Probably one of the most challenging spiritual fruits to produce. I’ve never prayed for patience…because I heard once that God doesn’t bestow patience on us like some sort of wand tapping Fairy Godmother giving us a gift. No. Patience is earned when we encounter trying circumstances and people. It is something we produce when we allow ourselves to be the branches to Jesus’ vine. And it’s hard.
Hope requires patience. Because when we just don’t see how things can possibly work out according to God’s promises, he tells us to hope. And wait patiently.