Patience - Fruit of the Spirit Episode 5

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22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
— Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV)

Just hold on one minute! Stop right there! Where is our ‘patience’? And I’m not talking about a sweet lady I know by that name. (wink)

Patience. My mother always said, “Never pray for patience. All kinds of trouble will come your way to help you develop that virtue.” I believe she was right!

What a wonderful part of the fruit of the Spirit, though. I have joined a Bible study class and the leader of the class has me mesmerized. She is very soft spoken and patient with the attendees. She let’s people talk until the conversation dies down, but if we are running out of time, she gently moves us forward to the next question. She definitely shows patience in the class.

“With patience a ruler may be persuaded, and a soft tongue will break a bone. “ Proverbs 25:15

Patience. One of the aspects of the fruit of the Spirit that is a hard development for many of us. I’m so thankful that in God’s wisdom, He has patience become more evident in us as we mature - both in Christ and in years!

My parents always amazed me when they were with my children. They were sooooo patient. Things that I would have been torn up over, my kids could do and never hear the first reprimand. Now, if you are a grandparent, you may totally understand the patience that comes with grandchildren. (I know I’m stretching the “application” here, but you get my point.)

God is so patient with us. He calls us to Himself - salvation. He transforms us to become like Him - sanctification. And He will take us home to be with Him - death or rapture. Yet, as we walk through this life, we often think that the world is swirling in evil (and it is) and we wonder why God is not stopping it. It’s because He is patient! He does not want any to perish. (Go to hell.)

I’m so THANKFUL that we serve a patient God, aren’t you? I am very grateful when He is patient with me. And I am reminded and convicted by His Spirit to develop and extend that same patience in my life to others.

Yep! I’m a work in progress as we all are. This week, keep and eye out for the patience you see in your own life. Patience that you know God is extending to you AND areas that you can be patient with others. I will, too!

Peace - Fruit of the Spirit Episode 4

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22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
— Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV)

Have you ever stood under a waterfall in a quiet place? Or maybe sat by a babbling brook listening to the soft sounds of nature?

There is a ‘peace’ in that moment that we would like to hold on to. That’s the way I would describe the “Peace” of God. Of course, scripture tells us that the peace of God passes all understanding.

“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7

Notice what else that verse says - the peace of God will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Let that sit a minute.

I don’t know about you, but I have experienced that peace! It’s indescribable. Much more that the opening paragraph can express!

I believe that’s what the '“peace” in the fruit of the Spirit is. It’s more than “Peace WITH God”, it’s the “Peace OF God”. You see when you have peace with God, you know your salvation is secure in Him. But when you have the peace OF God, though the earth shakes beneath you, you have peace in the midst of the chaos.

That, my friend, is a beautiful thing. Life comes at us all. No one is exempt from crises, hardships, trials or failures. With the Holy Spirit growing the fruit of the Spirit in us, we can love beyond what we are naturally capable of; we can have joy in the middle of our circumstances; we can have peace because God is in control even in our mess.

I think “Peace” is really resonating with me this week because I am reminded that we cannot always be at peace with others, but we can have the peace of God within. We cannot always (well, never) control our environment, but we can have the peace of God within.

This week be encouraged! Peace be to you.


18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Romans 12:18 ESV

Joy - Fruit of the Spirit Episode 3

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22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
— Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV)

Joy! Just the word “JOY” brings a smile to my face. It’s so much more than happy.

Many of you know that happy is derived from our circumstances, but JOY is from the Lord. If you look up the word ‘joy’, you’ll find one of the definitions as “the source or cause of delight”.

That’s the believer’s JOY! Jesus is our Source and our Cause of delight! Jesus and Jesus alone.

Just check out Nehemiah 8:10  “Then he said to them, “Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

I often wonder how in the world non-believers make it through this life. I know I have faced things that only the Lord could bring me through. In those hard times, I am reminded by God’s Word that joy will come in the morning.

Psalm 30:5 “For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.”

While we are looking a verses on joy, take a look at these:

Habakkuk 3:18 “Yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.”

 John 15:11 “These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.”

 Romans 15:13 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”

 James 1:2 “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,”

We have all seen people who have suffered significant loss or devastation and exude an inner joy in the midst of the circumstance and long after. That “joy” only comes from the Source of joy, Jesus Christ.

This week, join me in studying God’s Word, letting the joy of the Lord be our strength. After all, He is strong and has already overcome this world!

Love - Fruit of the Spirit Episode 2

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22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
— Galatians 5:22-23 ESV

Have you ever wondered why “LOVE” is mentioned first in the fruit of the spirit? Well, we may come up with many reasons and scriptures to support those reasons, such as:

  • Faith, hope and love but the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13.13

  • The Lord abounds in steadfast love. Exodus 34.6

  • I love the Lord because He hears me. Psalm 116.1

  • Greater love has no man than the one who lays down his life. John 15.13

    or

  • God shows His love by dying for us when we were sinners. Romans 5.8

But I think it might have to do with this verse:

Hate stirs up strife,

but love

covers all offenses.

Proverbs 10.12

You see, to me there is nothing more like God than the willingness to love and forgive offenses. Did you notice the word ‘willingness’? Willingness means we have a choice in the matter. Let that sink in.

Yes, the Holy Spirit in us will develop His fruit in us, but we make choices that may slow or speed up the process. For example, when we choose love, we choose to forgive offenses. It’s amazing how sweeter life is when we choose to love others.

Sometimes that choice comes by choosing not to take offense at things. It’s easy to wear our feelings on our shoulders and get offended by comments or lack of comments from others. I made a decision a long time ago to not be offended by an “assumed” offense.

What I mean by an “assumed” offense is the comment that is not an outright offense. Maybe it’s not outright because the words were okay but the tone or inflection was not. I choose to let that go. Maybe a comment was more abrupt than I would like, but not necessarily an offensive comment. I choose to let it go.

How is that showing love? I’m glad you asked. Love covers all offenses according Proverbs 10.12. When I choose not to be offended, I am choosing to love the other person over the offense.

God is love. He IS love. He doesn’t exemplify love. He IS love. And He lives in the believer through the Holy Spirit. Therefore, we HAVE the capacity to love. And we have the choice to demonstrate it or not.

Let’s choose love today and everyday as we grow in the “fruit of the Spirit”!