In his letter to the Galatians, Paul addressed people who were not getting along. The church in Galatia had some serious problems… one, there were false teachers called Judiazers who were trying to sway the people back to a works-based religion; secondly, there were people in the church that couldn’t get along. Paul wrote in Galatians 5:15, “If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.” There were people in that church who were engaged in back biting and talking about one another. They might not have done this to each others’ faces. More likely they did behind one another’s backs. The O’Jays once sang, “Smiling in your face; all the time they want to take your place…oh, backstabbers!” Paul wrote: “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you” (Colossians 3:12-14).
The Bible says “But we glory in tribulations also; knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope (Romans 5:3-4).“For you have need of patience, that after you have done the will of God, you might receive the promise” (Hebrews 10:36).
Long Suffering or patience is something we all have need of. There is no getting around it. It is the Spirit-given quality that helps us fit everyone together into a unified church that glorifies God.