And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;
Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man:
And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary.
And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man;
Yet because this widow troubleth me,…
As with the other characteristics of the Fruit of the Spirit, the “first cause” of the Christian’s ability to be longsuffering is God.
In the “new birth” we are made partakers of the divine nature; we become possessors of the Spirit of God.
Peter writes: (2 Peter 1:3): “According as His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness,…