Patience Kindness Goodness – A Poem about Fruit
As I wrote last Thursday, one of the things I am so thankful for is the Holy Spirit. He is such a blessing in my life and helps me in so many ways. It seems only appropriate to take another Thankful Thursday to continue my focus on the fruit of the Spirit:
But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! Galatians 5:22-23 (NLT).
I started with the poem I posted last week about love, joy, and peace. I am continuing with the next part of the poem this week, and will finish it up next week. This week I’m writing to celebrate patience, kindness, and goodness, the second three of the fruits of the Spirit.
Patience Kindness Goodness
Awaiting an answer
To prayers lifted high
Impatience knocks at the door
“Enter not” retorts the Spirit
Never ceasing to strengthen
Christ promised the Counselor
Evermore to the end of the age I’ll wait
Interceeding for others
Not putting self first
Divine love inspires thoughts of
No one left behind to fall
Everyone treated as equal
Sins forgiven with mercy
Salvation freely shared with all
Oh, how the Spirit does teach
Of all that is wrong and right
Developing character qualities in us
Now that are God’s delight
Even the worst of sinners
Sinners like me and you
Show goodness learned from His Spirit anew
I liked your reply to Ann, that the Lord gives you these poems. I get my stories from the same place, but I haven’t heard anyone else mention “the source”. It feels great, doesn’t it…?
“Developing character qualities in us, now that are God’s delight.” The fruit really is a gift. That explains why trying harder, or being more disciplined never worked for me. I am so blessed to be a new creature.
Your poem was a wonderful blessing to finish the day! : )
Linda, I agree, it does explain why trying harder doesn’t work. It’s the Holy Spirit that grows within us these great qualities. Peace, Linda
That is so kind of you to always share goodness! Can’t help but be thankful too! 🙂
So thankful for Thankful Thursday! I love how each fruit of the spirit kind of told it’s own story. Just so good, so good. 🙂 I loved that last line in Patience. Aubrey and I read a kids devotional by Ruth Graham once. The fruit of the spirit was in there too. We decided the ones we needed the most God help with were patience and self-control! 🙂 Wait seems to be a dirty word. ha! And self-control can fly out the window when we get told to wait. 🙂
God bless you for easing my mind and heart and spirit here today. aaaahhh. I feel better now!
Deb, Patience and self-control are challenging ones around here, too. But it seems gentleness is the one I’m having the most trouble with. Still have one week to figure out how to turn it into a poem. Peace, Linda
Praying that He shows you something special in all of this, a surprise in the gentleness poem and how He brings it to you. 🙂
This is nice!! I’m hanging on to these lines
“Divine love inspires thoughts of
No one left behind to fall…”
John 3 16 right there!
Ann, Yes, that is pretty much John 3:16 in a nutshell! I hadn’t thought of that. This whole Fruit of the Spirit poem (including last week’s, and next week’s) was such a blessing to me when the Lord gave it to me. Interestingly, though, next week’s is not yet done. He’s still working on Gentleness. 🙂 Peace, Linda
I really liked this…the way the thoughts moved from line to line. I liked the way that you described both the mind and the role of the Spirit.
Theresa, Thank you. I really like this one, too. The fruit of the Spirit is so important in our lives. Peace, Linda
So timely. Just finished a study with my small group on this very topic! Words truly to live by! Blessings
April, That sounds like a great Bible study! Maybe you will share a bit of what you learned there on your blog. 😉 Peace, Linda