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

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”!

Fruit of the Spirit Episode 1

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"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law."

Galatians 5: 22-23


I've been thinking about a series that I could write that would be easy to follow, even if it isn't always easy to live out.  But good news, God is the Master Creator who is molding us into His image.  So...by Him, His fruit is being developed in us.

Whew!  If it were all up to me, I would be in trouble! Anyway, I digress.  Before we start looking at each attribute of the fruit, let's take a look at these two verses as a whole.

First, the word fruit used in this passage is SINGULAR. Bear with me here.  I know that fruit technically does not have a plural unless you are talking about different kinds of fruit.  With that being said, the passage says "fruit" but then lists several different words.

I'm no scholar, but my thoughts on the matter are that as we mature in the Spirit, we produce His fruit.  To become like Christ, we grow in an intimate relationship with Him and begin to take on His characteristics.  The "fruit" of the Spirit is exemplified in the outward characteristics of:

  • Love
  • Joy
  • Peace
  • Patience
  • Kindness
  • Goodness
  • Faithfulness
  • Gentleness
  • Self-control

Image all those things wrapped up in ONE package and you get the "fruit of the Spirit". Isn't that just the perfect combination?  It sure is! As believers, the Spirit lives in us. (That's a whole other topic of discussion!) 

With the Spirit living in us, it's only natural that as we mature in the faith, His fruit becomes more and more evident in our lives.  I can certainly attest to some significant changes in my life - as can the people close to me!

If you know me, you know that I can be a little rough around the edges, well, maybe more than that at times.  But as a young person, and even as a young believer, I could be pretty painful around the edges.  But God (my favorite phrase in scripture) is changing me! Every day, every week and every year I see changes that the Lord is making in my life.

Some changes are subtle.  Such that you may not notice them, but I do.  It is quite exciting to see God working in your own life!  Oftentimes, we can easily see something in someone else's life, but find it hard to see something in our own life.

Take a glimpse back to the time of your salvation.  Think of all the things you have learned in your faith journey.  Are you the same?  I bet not!

This week think about your life and how God is changing you.  Leave a comment below if you'd like.  I'd love to hear from you!