Patience, Kindness, & Goodness: The Next Three Fruits of the Spirit

Patience

“Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting.”

CAN WE SAY THAT JUST A LITTLE LOUDER FOR THE PEOPLE IN THE BACK AND NEXT DOOR AND EVERYWHERE?!

“I have been patient long enough.”

Wait, what? This statement has always confused me because I felt as if it was a walking contradiction. Saying you have been patient “long enough” implies there was an end point, a boiling over, line to be crossed moment. Implying this moment exists conveys that something has been building. For how can you get from Point A to Point B without some sort of momentum? As it applies to patience, usually this momentum is fueled by frustration that something is not happening fast enough for you. However, if there is constant frustration, were you truly practicing patience or just playing the waiting game?

Patience is a fruit of the spirit because it symbolizes faith, hope, or compassion depending on the situation at hand. Practicing patience during downfalls or hard times,  the times when God is most working in your life, shows your hope that things will get better and your faith that no matter the outcome, it is good God has in store for you. Practicing patience with another shows compassion, the proof that you hold that other persons well being above personal feelings. All three of these traits bring us closer to living and being like Christ.

Patience in Practice:

“So Jacob served seven years to get Rachel, but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her.” Genesis 29:20

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“For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.” Romans 8:24-25

Goodness

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

Goodness is a verb believe it or not. I mean, not technically, but it should be considering you can’t be “goodness” but you can practice it.

Goodness is self-sacrificing/selfless, holy and sometimes scary. Practicing goodness is more than kind words and kind actions, it is completely 1000% selfless. And sometimes selfless means doing the things you’re most object to doing but you do for the well being of others.

Examples of this could be spreading the message even though you would be ridiculed, confronting a friend or family member about their wrong doing. Trust me, getting someone you love to quit a sin they love can be a really tough obstacle. The last thing you want is a rift created between the two of you, but sometimes we have to allow ourselves hurt feelings and discontinued relationships if it means helping the other.

Goodness can range from helping the poor, all the way to giving up your life for a friend. Goodness is sometimes easy and Goodness is sometimes hard. However, it all comes from the Lord.

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” James 1:17

“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” Galatians 6:10

Kindness

Yes I know, Goodness and Kindness, aren’t they the same thing?

Well, kind of, but mostly, No. In fact, they are quite different. Whereas Goodness is holy in action, fulfilled from a place of pure love, kindness is love in action even when you just really don’t want to. Kindness is the practice of being good to others in words, thoughts, or actions when it is not always easy.

More or less, kindness is helping someone up, who just tripped, after pushing you down.

God has practiced kindness with us since Eve first bit that apple. Time and time again we have fought against him and time and time again he has embraced us. It is easy to be kind to those who love you, it is not easy to be kind to those who hate you, that kind of kindness can be achieved with the help of God.

“May the LORD now show you kindness and faithfulness, and I too will show you the same favor because you have done this.” 2 Samuel 2:6

‘”In a surge of anger I hid my face from you for a moment, but with everlasting kindness I will have compassion on you.” says the Lord you Redeemer”‘ Isaiah 54:8

I hope you choose to study further into the Fruits of the Spirit and begin to practice these in your personal life.

Be Patient.

Be Good.

Be Kind.

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