The Fruits of the Spirit: Peace and Forbearance
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)
We continue on with learning about the Fruits of the Spirit, this time it is on the fruits of peace and patience. The first thing to understand is the true meaning of peace. The word peace in the original Greek is eirene, which is the Greek equivalent to shalom, which expresses the idea of wholeness,completeness, or tranquility of the soul or tranquility in the soul that is unaffected by the outward circumstances or pressures. A common mistake about peace is that peace is the absence of conflict. But that is not the case. Peace is being in the presence of God no matter how bad the situation is. When we have peace with God we are known as the sons of God, as peacemakers, and we are able to spread the peace that God has given us to all those that desire such peace.
The next fruit is the fruit of patience: patience which in some translations is “long-suffering” or “endurance,” is defined by two Greek words, makrothumia and hupomone. The word makrothumia means lenience, patient endurance, and long suffering. The word hupomone can be translated into endurance, perseverance, continuance, stead fastness and holding out. Basically patience is be able to endure what life and sin throw and yet be able to keep on going. According to the Apostle Paul, “For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise.We are strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and long suffering with joyfulness”. When we do God’s will we must have an incredible amount of patience because there will be times when it will be difficult and frustrating with spreading the word to certain people.
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