"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience,
kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Against such things there is no law." Galatians 5:22-23
FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT
SLOW TO SPEAK AND
SLOW TO ANGER
It is the
quality of restraint that prevents believers from speaking or acting
hastily in the face of disagreement, opposition or persecution.
Patience is bearing pain or problems without complaining.
In a letter to his friend Timothy, the apostle Paul
wrote, "Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance:
Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners - of whom I am the
worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in
me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited
patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive
eternal life. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible,
the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen."
1 Timothy 1:15-17
OTHER SCRIPTURE REFERENCES:
man has great understanding, but a quick-tempered man displays folly."
"A hot-tempered man stirs up dissension, but a
patient man calms a quarrel." Proverbs 15:18
"And we urge you,
brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak,
be patient with everyone." 1 Thessalonians 5:14
"You too, be
patient and stand firm, because the Lord's coming is near. Don't
grumble against each other, brothers, or you will be judged." James