This morning in prayer the words "Patient in affliction" came from the Holy Spirit.
Patience is something a long time ago I asked that the Holy Spirit would teach me and the way He has seemed to have done this is through affliction, through trials and testing of my faith, through learning to love people even when rejected by them or misunderstood, or persecuted.
But the joy that comes in the growth in the fruit of patience, the 'rest' and 'peace' that comes through learning to be patient in affliction, is one I am thankful for as I start to see an unshakeable faith coming as I learn to trust in the Lord to deal with the issues I can't deal with, to trust in the Lord to work things through and see His hand come into situations and circumstances.
James 1:4 talks about the fruit of patience being one that we will be lacking nothing "perseverance must finish its work in us so that we may be mature and complete, not lacking anything" but that perseverance comes with the cost of learning, to wait, to trust, to entrust, to hope, to continue to believe in spite of where things seems to be at in the moment.
Romans 12:9-13 "Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honour one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervour, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord's people who are in need. Practice hospitality".......
So I encourage you and myself this morning in the Lord to continue to be patient in affliction, waiting, believing, hoping, trusting in all that the Lord has said he will do knowing that in due season we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (Gal 6:9).