But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23
“Youwillknow them by their fruits.” Matthew 7:16
When it really comes down to it, the Gospel is very simple. We have a loving and good Father (God), who desired to have a relationship with the mankind that He created, giving them a free will. When man made the choice to turn away to their own reasoning, sin entered the world and their hearts. The only way for God to restore this intimate relationship with His people was to send His Son, Jesus, to this world to become the sacrifice for the sin that ensnared them. With His precious blood that was shed for all and His resurrection from the dead, Jesus broke the curse of sin forever. Man was free to step into eternal life and the reconciliation of relationship with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and was given the same power that raised Jesus from the dead, to do the greater works that Jesus did. Our part is in the cooperation of being led by the Holy Spirit to be transformed into the image of God’s dear Son, producing fruit in the world around us.
But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. Titus 3: 4-7
We can’t comprehend the kindness of God, our minds and hearts miss how much His unfathomable kindness envelops our lives every day. If we only knew the perpetual workings and devotion that He spends on us, we would be overwhelmed (even undone) by it. When we see how our lives are arranged and how much we benefit from His love and kindness, we would realize that He is forever pouring out His grace and mercy on us, despite our short comings and ungratefulness.
“He is the kindest person I ever met…” – Graham Cooke
“Let patience have it’s perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” James 1:4
I think that almost every time someone sinned in the Bible, it was due to the lack of patience. We look at Moses when he struck the rock, and when David failed to trust God when he wanted Bathsheba, Jonah was restless when God called him to prophesy to Nineveh, and Peter cut off the servant’s ear – all impatient to do what they thought was best. None of these Biblical characters waited to see what God would do, patiently deciding that the Lord knew that they could have whatever they wanted if only they trusted. That is why we can be complete, lacking nothing (we will be provided for) when we have this Fruit of the Spirit working in our lives.
I remember a preacher said jokingly, “Don’t ever pray for patience, because you’ll be asking for a heap of trouble.” It does seem that God will begin to work diligently in this area of your life and circumstances to see that you become complete, like Jesus, when you pray that prayer…lol!