July 23, 2017
5 Marks: Fruit of the Spirit: Patience, Kindness, Goodness
The third mark of our 5 Marks of a Healthy Disciple series is the demonstration of the fruit of the Spirit. The fruit of the Spirit can be found in Galatians 5:22-23, and in this message, pastor Yogi talks about patience, kindness, and goodness. These three virtues are not separate from the other six, but are a part of the beautiful “fruit” basket God uses to bless and draw people to Himself.
Patience is the virtue that everyone wants more of, but is afraid to ask for. We often grow in patience through trials and testing, but even more so through certain situations and people. The Greek word used here literally means “long in nostrils,” which is a great word picture. When you lose patience, you breathe out of your nose. Having “long nostrils” means the breath has a long way to go!
Kindness and goodness, like joy and peace from last week’s message, are difficult to separate. Kindness comes from the Greek word that means mellow, smooth, or soothing. Jesus uses this word when he says, “Come to me, my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Goodness is the virtue that is good for something, meaning that it extends out from the believer and supplies good in the lives of others.