Developing Character: Patience and Gentleness

5 Aug

by Jonathan Doctor

The Fruit of Patience (Longsuffering)

Definition of Patience. Patience is a quality of self-restraint in the face of provocation which doesn’t hastily retaliate or is revengeful. Patience is a quality that does not surrender to circumstances or succumb under trial. Long suffering = patience with a purpose. Those that hear the Word with a good heart and keep the Word will bring forth the Fruit of Patience. (Luke 8:15)

Developing the Fruit of Patience The testing of your faith will put patience to work. (James 1:4) Prayer will produce Patience. (Colossians 1:9-11) Staying connected to the Vine – Jesus (John 15) Patience is vital to receiving Patience will cause you to bare fruit. (Luke 8:15) Patience is the power of perseverance. (2 Thessalonians 1:4) Quote from Gloria Copeland – Patience is the force that keeps you from fainting under pressure. Faith and Patience work together, they are called the Power twins. (Hebrews 6:11-15)

The Fruit of Gentleness

Gentleness is power under perfect control. Quote from Donald Gee – “it takes part of the rugged strength of manhood and part of the controlled tenderness of womanhood to make the very finest gentleness. It is kindness in the very best way and fullest sense of the Word,” Gentleness must never be confused with weakness. God is All powerful and Strong but He is also gentle. (Isaiah 40:10-12)

The need for the Fruit of Gentleness.

Gentleness is essentially in dealing with the souls of men.
1. Must be gentle to all men. (2 Timothy 2:24)
2. Gentleness is an essential requirement for a minister of the Gospel.
3. A minister should not drive the sheep, but gently lead them.

Practical areas where gentleness should be employed.
1. Gentleness with our words (Proverbs 15:1,4)
2. Church discipline (Galatians 6:1 Amp)
3. Relationships (Marital) (Colossians 3:19)

Gentleness equips the Minister of God with skillfulness and sensitivity.

The servant of the Lord must not strive, but must be gentle unto all men. (2 Timothy 2:24)
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from my book “Born Anew – Living the New Life with God’s Prevailing Purpose” you can get your copy at:
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