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

Patience —
waiting an answer
o prayers lifted high
mpatience knocks at the door
Enter not” retorts the Spirit
ever ceasing to strengthen
hrist promised the Counselor
vermore to the end of the age I’ll wait

Kindness —
nterceeding for others
ot putting self first
ivine love inspires thoughts of
o one left behind to fall
veryone treated as equal
ins forgiven with mercy
alvation freely shared with all

Goodness —
h, how the Spirit does teach
f all that is wrong and right
eveloping character qualities in us
ow that are God’s delight
ven the worst of sinners
inners like me and you
how goodness learned from His Spirit anew

I am a Jesus Freak, and I don't care who knows it. I am a wife, mother, sister, aunt, daughter, and friend. My blood family is only part of the larger family of Christ that I belong to. I love to write, especially about my dear Savior.


13 Responses

  1. 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! : )

  2. 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. 🙂

  3. Thanks Linda,

    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

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