Fruit of the Spirit | Day Six
By: Stephanie Miller
Have you ever lost your patience with someone before? Maybe a friend or a sibling? You find yourself saying something mean because you are frustrated with them and tired of waiting on them.
Patience is something that everyone struggles with. It’s easy to lose your patience when you are stuck in traffic, in line, or when someone bugs you. Today we will be looking at what God’s Word says about patience & kindness. First, let’s see how God is patient.
Read 2 Peter 3:8-9.
God sees time in a different way than we do. For example-- isn’t it weird how some days it feels like time flies by and other days it goes on forever? In the same way, time is different for God. He is waiting patiently for us because He wants as many people to have the opportunity to know Him as possible.
Verse 14 says that we are to be patient towards who?
We are to be patient with all, everyone. List the groups of people mentioned in the first two verses below.
Have you ever thought about what it looks like for God to be patient with you? He is so patient with us every single time we mess up and choose sin over Him.! God’s patience is unparalleled. It says that He never tires of us and always desire for us to know Him. Think about that kind of patience. It must be driven by love!
Is it easy to lose your patience with people?
What do these verses say we are supposed to do?
In the same way that we see God being patient with us we can be patient with others! We can show Christ’s love when we show grace and forgiveness with others. Patience is more than just not getting mad when someone is making you wait. It’s about really caring for others and seeing their needs as more important than your own. A fruit of the spirit is a bi-product of a life lived for Christ! Patience is a part of that!
Pray and ask God to give you patience to love others like He does! To see those around you the way that He does.
Dictionary.com defines kindness as: of a good or benevolent nature or disposition, as a person: a kind and loving person. Considerate, or helpful; mild; gentle; loving; affectionate.
Read Psalm 145:13.
The Lord is faithful and kind in what?
Give an example of when you have seen God’s kindness in your life. How did seeing God’s kindness in your life change your relationship with Him?
Read Ephesians 4:32.
We can’t control how other people treat us-- the only thing that we are responsible for is how we respond. This verse says that we are to be kind & tenderhearted-- in other words we should be easily moved to love towards others.
Why should we be kind and forgiving towards others?
What can you do this week to be more kind?
Commit to do something for someone else to show God’s love and kindness to them. Maybe this person is a family member, a friend or a stranger. (Ideas: an encouraging note, clean the kitchen for your mom without being asked, bake someone cookies, etc.)
Praise God for His constant kindness towards you. Praise Him for specific people in your life that you see God’s kindness lived out. Ask God to give you a heart for others and the words to treat them with the kindness that He shows you.