Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Fruits of the Spirit Series – Part 4 Patience

Fruits of the Spirit
        Series – Part 4

Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, humility, self-control. Against such there is no law.

(From Ashley Hammonds’ Notes on being A Fruitful Christian) Fruit is grown for a purpose. It is grown to be eaten in sweetness and enjoyed by the consumer. The fruits of the Spirit can be understood as fitting into three simple categories. They each have a primary purpose:
·        Fruit consumed and enjoyed by the grower
o   Love Joy Peace
·        Fruit intended for friends and neighbors
o   Patience Gentleness Goodness
·        Fruit we grow and offer to God
o   Faith Humility Self-Control

Patience = The ability to endure and to outlast the problem.

Hebrews 6
12  that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
13  For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself,
14  saying, “Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you.”
15  And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.

Faith and patience are the power points of a Believer.

God expects for us to grow up into Him in all things and to be transformed by the renewing of our minds so that we might prove what is that good, acceptable and perfect will of God. We cannot please God without growing the fruits of the Spirit in our lives. Gardening takes time and attention. Give the time and pay the attention necessary to plant, cultivate and grow fruit!

Supporting Scriptures:

2 Timothy 3:10  But you, Timothy, certainly know what I teach, and how I live, and what my purpose in life is. You know my faith, my patience, my love, and my endurance.

2 Timothy 4:2  Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching.

1 Peter 3:20  those who disobeyed God long ago when God waited patiently while Noah was building his boat. Only eight people were saved from drowning in that terrible flood.

2 Peter 3:9  The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.

2 Peter 3:15  And remember, the Lord’s patience gives people time to be saved. This is what our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you with the wisdom God gave him —