In week six of Living Beyond Yourself: Exploring the Fruit of the Spirit by Beth Moore, we’re asked to consider the fourth Fruit of the Spirit: Patience. We are introduced to different Greek translations for the word patience, as originally recorded in scripture. Moore explains the difference between hupomone patience, which translates into endurance or perseverance inspired by hope and makrothumia, inspired by mercy and the quality of the Fruit of the Spirit.
Today’s guest author is SaVonni Yestanti, who describes herself as a grateful mom and teacher to a young son, and a fruit bearer called by God to “finish the race” by telling everyone about the work that He has been trying to complete within her. She was directed by God to offer a unique, judgment free ministry that focuses on the Freedom that each individual has in Christ. You can follow her ministry at GodGaveMeFreedom.com and by following her Twitter channel @GodGaveUFreedom.
We can’t love people if we don’t have the patience to deal with people or the circumstances we may find ourselves in. Specifically, makrothumia deals with our ability, as Moore states in the video series, to “be patient with people who are driving us absolutely nuts.” Moore stressed the fact that God is keenly interested in makrothumia because “people will always be the priority over circumstances. God’s priority is going to be how we treat people.” On the video series, she said of the Fruits of the Spirit, “Love, Joy, Peace, Patience…most of them, have to do with how we relate to people.” We are to exhibit patience towards others because God exhibited patience towards us. Looking at the “ungrateful servant,” (Matthew 18), we see the consequences of not exhibiting the patience that is granted to us. Moore talked about the fact that God knew it would be harder to deal with some people than it would be deal to deal with others because those “thorns in our sides” tend to bring out the worst in us. When we bring out the worst that is contained within us, God shaves off that bad stuff, presenting us as a closer representation of His full character.
Unlike hupomone, where we pray about our circumstances, makrothumia requires the releasing of the Holy Spirit within us; it is God’s spirit working through us in order to show God’s patience to people. We are propositioned by Moore to consider this seriously as the world WILL NOT help us in this regard. Again, the world is not prepared to exhibit patience in our fast paced society, as everybody wants everything right now. So Moore gave us a phrase to consider: “Patience waits.” We are asked to show God’s patience towards others the way that He shows patience towards us every day. We are asked to “bear” with one another; to endure…to exercise restraint when dealing with people…. and then we are introduced to another Greek word, anecho, which means “to put up with; forbear.” That does not mean that we are to be gluttons for punishment; what that means is that we are to be slow to respond negatively to persecution and hardship. It is for this reason: just because a situation is hard, does not mean that it is necessarily from the enemy; it may be a situation that is created to fix something within us. When this is the case, we have a testimony of overcoming to witness to others. Our testament serves to help others who may be experiencing the very same thing.
To help us further exercise restraint when dealing with others, we were introduced to the premise of judgment and damaging it can be. We learned the Greek term for the word judgment is krino, which means to “to pass judgment upon, condemn, take vengeance on.” Moore writes, “it means ‘try’ someone as if they stand accused before you in a court of law.” We were asked to be slow to judgment, just as God is slow to judge us. “The Lord is patient, so that many people will be saved,” writes Moore.
Finally, we looked at Biblical forgiveness. Moore explained that when we hold on to unforgiving, we only bind ourselves – and others- to unnecessary suffering; we essentially live torment. God wants us to be free and wants others to experience His patience, His Love and His commitment to them, through us. We learned that we cannot walk in step with the Spirit if we are so busy keeping a record of wrongs – and we also give Satan a foothold as he notices yet another thing to cause division between us as individuals and between us and God. We are to forgive EVERYONE for EVERYTHING, ALL OF THE TIME, as God commands us, so He can forgive each of us for everything. When we do this, we “wipe the slate clean” and we choose not to grieve the Holy Spirit by whom we were “sealed for the day of redemption.”
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Beth Moore Quotes
- We should actively petition to God for endurance in our circumstances.
- We cannot both judge others and be patience towards them. One cancels out the other.
- Judgment strangles patience and grieves the Holy Spirit.
- It’s easier to be clay than the potter.
- Patience is the vessel through which God pours His mercy.
- Mercy is fueled by forgiveness.
- You cannot be free to keep step with the Spirit when you are encumbered by the load of unforgiveness.
- The one who will not forgive suffers more than the one who is unforgiven.
- Only Satan wins in the war of unforgiveness.
This Week’s Scripture Verse-NIV
David said to Gad, “I am in deep distress. Let us fall into the hands of the LORD, for his mercy is great; but do not let me fall into the hands of men.” 2 Samuel 24:14
If the forgiveness is minimal, the gratitude is minimal. Luke 7:47 Message
For Next Week
- Read Week Seven in the workbook
- Listen to the Session Seven Audio (optional)
- OR…Listen to the Session Seven Video (optional)
Group Discussion- Answer one question or as many as you like
- Based upon this weeks study, what hope do you possess to help you persevere through your trials? (page 118)
- Starting on page 123, Beth listed 11 reasons why we must not judge others. Which reason has the most meaning for you and why?
- Do you have a body roped to your back (page 128) and if so, how do you intend to release it?
- Share a Garden Tool, something meaningful you learned in this week’s study.