Bad Fruit, Good Fruit – Part 3

Patience/Longsuffering

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. ~Philippians 4:6-7

Longsuffering is not only about waiting without being anxious, but also about mercy and forgiveness. God gives this to us and we are to give it to others.

So rend your heart, and not your garments; Return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness; And He relents from doing harm. ~Joel 2:13

My Brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. ~James 1:2-4

For His anger lasts only a moment, but His favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning. ~Psalm 30:5   

...fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before Him He endured the cross, scorning its shame and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider Him Who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. ~Hebrews 12:2-3

While I Wait - Lincoln Brewster

Kindness

The Hebrew word is Chesed (ha sed) - loving kindness. It basically means, selflessness in giving and serving.

Love your neighbor as yourself. ~Mark 12:31

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish,will give him a snake? If you, then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him! So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. ~Jesus, Matthew 7:7-12

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who , being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to His own advantage; rather, He made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled himself by becoming obedient to death--- even on a cross! ~Philippians 2:3-8

Kindness - Chris Tomlin

Goodness

Goodness is a true commitment to choosing right over wrong, good over evil. Every day we make many choices, most of them seemingly insignificant. Being good, is simply doing the right thing.

Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. ~Romans 12:9 

The Lord is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble; He knows those who trust in Him. ~Nahum 1:7  

"You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in its house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. " ~Jesus, Matthew 5:14-16 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith. ~Galatians 6:9-10

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. ~Romans 12:21 

Reminder: each of these - love, joy, peace, patience, etc...are elements of the Holy Spirit which work together as fruit, singular, not plural. None stand alone individually nor do they work without love.

Goodness Of God - Jenn Johnson

Excellent teaching series by Bill Cloud:

Bill Cloud: The World That Was

 

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