The Fruit of the Holy Spirit “Peace, Patience, Kindness”

Part 3 of 5 – By Norman Watson

 

 

Today’s Bible Teaching is part 3 of a 5 part series on “The Fruit Of The Holy Spirit”. I will focus on the fruit “Peace, and Patience” and R.T. Kendall will introduce “Peace, Patience, Kindness”. In Our last study we look at the fruit “Joy” and how you can still have Joy in your trails, tests even though you may not be “Happy” because Joy comes from the Lord through the Holy Spirit.

We see this Peace in Psalm 46:10 (ESV) “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” and Exodus 14:13 (NLT) we see Patience “But Moses told the people, “Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again.” So in the midst of the storm God tells us BE STILL and do not Be afraid. Jesus said in John 14:27 (ESV) “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” The world does not have this “PEACE” with out Jesus! Thomas Watson said ” If God be our God, He will give us peace in trouble. When there is a storm without, He will make peace within. The world can create trouble in peace, but God can create peace in trouble.” Dwight L. Moody said “A great many people are trying to make peace, but that has already been done. God has not left it for us to do; all we have to do is to enter into it.” Finally Thomas a Kempis sums it up with “Thy peace shall be in much patience.”

 

I have a testimony that I need to share with you. The very next day after I email out the devotion on the fruit “Joy” my dog suddenly and unexpectedly completely lost movement in his rear legs, I became fearful and my heart broken as I began to cry for my poor dog, but then I heard the Holy Spirit say “God created the animals and He loves them and God to man to take care of the animals therefore use what He has given you which is prayer” so I put my hand on my little dog and prayed healing over him. We took him to the vet and after the examination we were given hope that our dog would walk again just as long we we follow the instructions. We are patiently waiting that day when our dog will walk again and we are not happy about all the care that we now have to give but the fear is gone and we do have joy as we see a slow healing take place.

 

I want to share three poems that my friend and brother wrote me on the fruit of the Holy Spirit, I shared his poem called “Joy” in our last study.

 

Peace

 

Peace is ours to have, for all travail will come to an end.
Each soul repenting that turns to Him, shall find the Peace of Christ within.
All sins are forgiven by Jesus decree, this is the gift of peace given to thee.
Come repentant soul, follow Jesus and heaven’s your goal.
Each days worries are counted as naught, for God’s peace shall always prevail.

 

Patience

 

Present yourself before the Lord by how you love your fellow man.
Accept the failings of those you meet, for very often they are yours.
In you, forbearance can be enhanced by the Holy Spirit.
Each annoyance in life can be endured with a little patience.
Note, God’s patience has lasted through the generations of man.
Come show those around you patience, for you may need patience some day.
Endure that which brings frustration, let the Holy Spirit give you patience.

 

Kindness

 

Keep the trials of others in prayer before the Lord.
In all dealings with your fellow man put all harshness aside.
Note; that Christ took up your sins and paid ransom’s price for you, even before you asked.
Demand nothing, give everything as you would have others give to you.
Nothing is beyond your power, if you let Jesus take the lead.
Elohim, Father of Christ the God of creation has been gentle in dealing with man.
Saved by the blood of Christ, into heaven God’ll let you in.
See how God’s love for you unfolds as kindness hard at work.

 

 

Be Still Kari Jobe
https://youtu.be/wYRXoVmUFmA

He is here for the broken and life to the one who is undone
He is peace to the wounded and hope for the helpless one
He is here, He is here

Be still my soul, be still
Be still my soul, be still
Wait patiently upon the Lord
Be still my soul, be still

When the waves rise against me and the wind tries to draw me away
I will stand on the mountain, safe in Your arms I will sing I will sing

Be still my soul, be still
Be still my soul, be still
Wait patiently upon the Lord
Be still my soul, be still

Be still I know He is God
He is here, He is here
Be still I know He is God
He is here, He is here

So be still my soul, be still
Be still my soul, be still
Wait patiently upon the Lord
Be still my soul, be still
Wait patiently upon the Lord
Be still my soul, be still

 

 

The Fruit of the Spirit
By R.T. Kendall

 

 

Peace is equally difficult to describe. It is not merely the absence of anxiety; it is the undeniable presence of a calm feeling deep inside. Calm is perhaps the best word to describe it. It is a feeling of self-control—a fruit that Paul includes at the end of the list. You cannot turn on instant peace by an act of the will, but you can do what

leads to it by intentionally overlooking another’s faults, refusing to point the finger, and telling God alone—not others—what you feel (Ps. 142:2).

 

Patience is the steadfastness to endure pain, delay, or trouble without getting angry or upset. Again, sometimes this is given with spontaneous ease; other times you force yourself not to complain. This is why James said we should count it—impute to the trial—pure joy when we fall into various kinds of trouble (Jas. 1:2). James added, “And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing” (v. 4).

Peter has his own list of qualities, similar to Paul’s but not in the same order:

For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. —2 Peter 1:5–8

This passage shows that the order of the listed virtues is not of supreme importance; it shows how the minds of two godly men work differently. Also, whereas Paul lists some of these qualities as “fruit” of the Spirit, Peter puts the onus on us as if we are responsible for such a pursuit. The point is, the fruit of the Spirit listed by Paul and the qualities listed by Peter are what you and I are commanded to display.

 

There is a difference between the fruit of the Spirit and the gifts of the Spirit. You and I are required to manifest love, patience, and brotherly affection; we are not required to have the gift of miracles or discerning of spirits.

The writer of Hebrews wrote to discouraged Jewish believers, “You have need of endurance” (10:36). Don’t we all? Sometimes such a virtue flows passively without effort; other times, as I have been saying, we must make an effort to do these things because we do have the Holy Spirit. Paul said, “Love is patient and kind” (1 Cor. 13:4). Kindness means being considerate, friendly, or nice. I have learned that kindness goes very far in winning people over to your position. In the days I met with Yasser Arafat (1929–2004) and some Palestinians, I learned one thing for sure: our doctrine will not win them; showing that we care will win them. That’s it. When they feel this from us, they are far more apt to listen to what we have to say.

This is why James makes a huge point, namely, that the “poor man” (2:6) will not be impressed by our sound teaching but by our showing good works. James asked, “Can that faith save [the poor man]?” (v. 14). Answer: no, but our kindness is more likely to win him over. Kindness, then, is a fruit of the Holy Spirit—even if you have to remind yourself to be kind!

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