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October 10, 2017, 1:22 PM

The Adventure Begins 40: Lessons From the Early Church - Acts 11:19-30


Galatians 5:24-25 (NLT)
24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there.
25 If we are living now by the Holy Spirit, let us follow the Holy Spirit's leading in every part of our lives.

Galatians 5: 22-23 (NLT)

 22But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness, and self-control.

 

We are to exhibit love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control in all that we do.  The Holy Spirit wants to develop these Spiritual Fruit in our lives so that He can flow through us with power and love.  To become like Him.

 

Last week we focused on the first three of these Love, Joy and Peace – Today we are going to move on in the list to patience, kindness and goodness.

 

Patience – (or Longsuffering)

 

“Longsuffering is that quality of self-restraint in the face of provocation which does not hastily retaliate or promptly punish; it is the opposite of anger, and is associated with mercy…”- Vines Expository Dictionary

 

God declares about Himself…

 

Exodus 34:6-7 (AMP)
6 … Lord! the Lord! a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abundant in loving-kindness and truth,
7 Keeping mercy and loving-kindness for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin…

2 Peter 3:9 (AMP)
9 The Lord does not delay and is not tardy or slow about what He promises, according to some people’s conception of slowness, but He is long-suffering (extraordinarily patient) toward you, not desiring that any should perish, but that all should turn to repentance.

We are called likewise to show long-suffering with one another.  When we have God’s Spirit in us He produces His fruit in us…

 

1 Thessalonians 5:14-15 (AMP)
14 And we earnestly beseech you, brethren, admonish (warn and seriously advise) those who are out of line [the loafers, the disorderly, and the unruly]; encourage the timid and fainthearted, help and give your support to the weak souls, [and] be very patient with everybody [always keeping your temper].
15 See that none of you repays another with evil for evil, but always aim to show kindness and seek to do good to one another and to everybody.

“Patience is the quality that does not surrender to circumstances or succumb under trial; it is opposite of despondency and is associated with hope…” - Vines Expository Dictionary

 

“Leonardo da Vinci painted the masterpiece The Last Supper. He said: "When I paused longest, I make the most telling strokes with my brush." Patience is power in reserve.

"Take the patience of Job. He had a spiritual strength in reserve which saw him through fiery trials. Patience is hope biding its time, it is hope in action, it is like a catalyst in chemistry which starts action in other elements but itself is unaffected. Patience is never something that embalms us; it is that which alerts us to possibilities ahead."

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This is patience tied to hope and faith in God despite the circumstances – a hope that persists and is patient and longsuffering –

 

Luke 18:1-8 (NRSV)
1 Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart.
2 He said, "In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor had respect for people.
3 In that city there was a widow who kept coming to him and saying, 'Grant me justice against my opponent.'
4 For a while he refused; but later he said to himself, 'Though I have no fear of God and no respect for anyone,
5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will grant her justice, so that she may not wear me out by continually coming.'"
6 And the Lord said, "Listen to what the unjust judge says.
7 And will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long in helping them?
8 I tell you, he will quickly grant justice to them. And yet, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?"

We have to trust this truth and in Paul’s example we must “press on”…

 

Kindness– (Gentleness)

 

The Greek word here means Good/ Useful…Kind

Ephesians 4:32 (AMP)
32 And become useful and helpful and kind to one another, tenderhearted (compassionate, understanding, loving-hearted), forgiving one another [readily and freely], as God in Christ forgave you.

Fruit – that is ripe is good fruit.

Luke 6:35 (AMP)
35 But love your enemies and be kind and do good [doing favors so that someone derives benefit from them] and lend, expecting and hoping for nothing in return but considering nothing as lost and despairing of no one; and then your recompense (your reward) will be great (rich, strong, intense, and abundant), and you will be sons of the Most High, for He is kind and charitable and good to the ungrateful and the selfish and wicked.

These words are synonymous in this respect – if you are not kind then you are not useful or good (as in valuable – like fruit that is ripe – it is good fruit) to the Lord’s purposes.  This speaks to motivations.

Goodness –

 

Romans 12:9 (AMP)
9 [Let your] love be sincere (a real thing); hate what is evil [loathe all ungodliness, turn in horror from wickedness], but hold fast to that which is good.

This is about moral conviction and conduct. This is not just about being good, but doing what is good.

 

Galatians 6:10 (AMP)
10 So then, as occasion and opportunity open up to us, let us do good [morally] to all people [not only being useful or profitable to them, but also doing what is for their spiritual good and advantage]. Be mindful to be a blessing, especially to those of the household of faith [those who belong to God’s family with you, the believers].

There is a transformation that is taking place in us – God is wanting to replace the old man with new eyes, heart, mouths, etc.  He wants us to become more like Him – patient, kind, and good…

 

Romans 12:1-2 (AMP)
1 I APPEAL to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of [all] the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting all your members and faculties] as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable (rational, intelligent) service and spiritual worship.
2 Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].

Walking in the Spirit takes commitment and action.

 

Galatians 5:24-25 (NLT)
24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there.
25 If we are living now by the Holy Spirit, let us follow the Holy Spirit's leading in every part of our lives.

Galatians 5:1 (NLT)

 1So Christ has really set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don't get tied up again in slavery...



Comments

10-10-2017 at 2:26 PM
JoAnn
I will always remember this quote ““Leonardo da Vinci painted the masterpiece The Last Supper. He said: "When I paused longest, I make the most telling strokes with my brush." Patience is power in reserve.”

Thank you! The blogs and all the scriptures I take to heart. Though I’ve read the scriptures many times, they jump off my screen when I read and each time I reread in my Bible. God’s Word is alive! And He changes me! ❤️
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