Bible Scripture Study on the
9 Fruits of the Spirit:
Lesson 3: Endurance, Kindness, and Goodness
Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink,but of living a
life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. ~Romans
have been doing what I call a Bible Scripture Study of the 9 Fruits of
I call it a scripture study, and not just a Bible
study, because we are hunting through various scriptures to
see what they have to say about the different Fruits of the Spirit.
We began our study in Lesson
1 by discovering why God gives us this spiritual fruit.
In Lesson 2,
we searched through God's Word for what He tells us about Love, Joy,
and Peace. In this lesson, we will continue our Bible
scripture study by looking at the
spiritual fruits of Patient Endurance, Christian Kindness, and Goodness.
on what translation you are using for your Bible scripture study, you
will read several
different words used to describe this one Fruit of the Holy Spirit.
In the King James version, it's translated as longsuffering.
The Message Bible calls it a "willingness to
stick with things." And, the Amplified Bible says that this
Fruit is manifested when the Holy Spirit gives you an even temper, and
something called forbearance.
Dictionary.com says that forbearance is patient endurance!
This simply means that the Holy Spirit will give you the
ability to endure trials and tribulations, as you patiently watch for
Consider it wholly joyful, my
whenever you are enveloped in or encounter trials of any sort
or fall into various temptations.
Be assured and understand that
and proving of your faith bring out
and steadfastness and patience.
But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play
and do a thorough work,
so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed
[with no defects], lacking in nothing.
-James 1:2-4 (AMP)
Why can you patiently endure trials and tribulations?
Because you know that God's Word will always prevail in His
Notice what God is telling you through this scripture. He
that trials are only an opportunity for you to prove your faith in His
promises. Do you believe what you see in front of your eyes,
or do you believe what the Word of God says about your situation?
Anyone can believe God's promises for healing when they aren't sick.
But what happens when they get a bad report from the doctor,
and 6 months have passed with no improvement. Where is their
A trial is your chance to prove to yourself, your God, and the world,
that you really do believe!
It is amazing that God says we should let patience and endurance
complete their work in us. He tells us that they are what
will really make us
"fully developed" (James 1:4 AMP).
As I explain in our "Patient
Expectancy" lesson of the Fruits of the Holy Spirit Online Bible Class,
Patiently waiting on God with expectancy in your heart brings about
That is why allowing this Fruit
the Holy Spirit to begin growing inside of you is so necessary.
been told to "do unto others as you would have them do unto you" since
we were 3 years old. So, sometimes we can take the idea of
kindness for granted.
But, when we do a Bible scripture study on kindness, we find out the
emphasis that our Heavenly Father really puts on just being nice.
God tells us that, since He has chosen us to be His children that He
loves, we have a responsibility to clothe ourselves in tenderhearted
mercy and kindness (Colossians 3:12 NLT).
I mention mercy together with kindness, because they are so
interconnected. You may consider yourself to be kind, but can
your kindness pass the ultimate test? Can you show
mercy of God to those around you, or do you still need to learn how
to forgive those that trespass against you?
Proverbs, known as the book of wisdom, holds some wisdom for us
regarding kindness. We are told that there is actually a
reward for being kind.
If you do this, you will live
and your life will be
Never let loyalty and kindness leave you!
Tie them around your
neck as a reminder.
Write them deep within
Then you will find favor
with both God and people,
and you will earn a good
-Proverbs 3:2-4 (NLT)
I've heard many Christians confessing the end of this scripture - "I
have favor with God and man." But, as I have said before,
God works in covenant promises. If you are not doing your
part of the promise, you can not expect to walk in the provision.
Yes, we all want to live many years and have our lives be satisfying.
We want to have favor with God and with people.
But, have we hung kindness and loyalty around our
as reminders to always walk in them?
That is where the Holy Spirit comes in. It is there to help
you to be kind to people who do not deserve your kindness anymore than
you deserve the kindness of a Holy God.
As you grow in the area of kindness through God's Spirit, you will be
surprised how many people you begin to draw to God. Becoming
a representative of His mercy and kindness here on the earth allows you
to be a reflection of God's unconditional love.
Let the world see the love of God through your kindness.
For once you were darkness,
but now you are light in the
walk as children of
For the fruit...of the
or the Spirit
[consists] in every form
uprightness of heart,
trueness of life.
-Ephesians 5:8-9 (AMP)
Of course, God's Word can explain the true heart of goodness better
than I ever could. And I truly believe that it does in that
This Fruit of "the Light or the Spirit," as God puts it in this
scripture, is being kind, having a heart for righteousness, and living
a life that is true and dedicated to the source of truth - The Lord.
What makes a person good? Sometimes religion can get us to
focus on lots of little rules and regulations. We get distracted by
denominations, or even things that amount to no more than rituals.
But, God is looking at your heart. And He is looking at your
life. Is it full of goodness?
The Kingdom of God is not a
matter of what we eat or drink,
living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy
-Romans 14:15 (NLT)
Those should be the things that we focus our energies on.
Because those are the things that matter to God.
of the Holy Spirit Bible Scripture Study
- Have you ever had to wait on a promise from God's
to manifest itself in your life? What did you learn from the
- Does it shock you to know that God believes
developing patient endurance will make you "fully developed"
spiritually? Why or why not?
- Do you feel that many Christians take kindness and
mercy for granted? Have you ever done this yourself?
- What do you think qualifies a person as being "good"
in God's eyes?
9 Fruit of the Spirit Bible Scripture Study
|Lesson 1: Have
You Been Marked?
Love, Joy, and Peace
Endurance, Kindness, and Goodness
Faith, Gentleness, and Self-Control