But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,gentleness and self-control. against such things there is no law.(Galatians 5:22-23) NIV
Other words that describe this fruit are lenience, long-suffering, forbearance, perseverance, and steadfastness. It is the ability to endure ill treatment from life or at the hands of others without lashing out or paying back.
How is divine patience related to human patience? The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant (Matt 18:21-35 ) provides an example of the connection of divine patience to human patience.
The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant is all about forgiveness. The parable follows Jesus’ instruction on forgiving a person who sins against you (Matt 18:15-20 ); essentially, Jesus instructs Peter to forgive an unlimited number of times. It is worth noting that forgiveness is not listed as a Fruit of the Spirit, instead the biblical text associates patience with forgiveness.
Through this parable, it becomes apparent the human patience is dependent on divine patience. God, through his longsuffering, provides an opportunity for salvation, but the Believer’s faith is proved genuine when he is patient and practices forgiveness.
When kindness is at work in a person’s life, he or she looks for ways to adapt to meet the needs of others. It is moral goodness that overflows.
The question now is, its my goal to serve others with kindness, or am I too focused on my own needs, desires, or problems to let the goodness of God overflow to others?
Titus 3:3-7 explains how we were sometimes foolish but Christ’s kindness brought us out of it into righteousness.
References Galatians 5:22 Titus 3:3-7, Matt 18:15-35
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