Fruit | Week 6: Patience
It may be a virtue, but is there any quality more difficult to master than patience? Waiting, dealing with inconvenience, and even enduring suffering, pushes us to the limits of human capacities. The father in the parable of the prodigal son displays great patience. His long suffering was not self-centered. He was motivated by genuine concern for his wayward son. “When will he return? will he return?” not only so he could sleep easy but because his son’s eternity was at stake. This parable is of course a picture of God waiting for us to respond to his unlimited grace and mercy. In order to produce the fruit of a robust and healthy patience requires that we are firmly attached to the vine. Without that, “we can do nothing.”.
READ 2 Timothy 4:2
Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.
READ these verses again and consider these related questions.
Is there a link between preparation and patience?
Discuss why it takes patience to be someone who is charged with correcting, rebuking, and encouraging others.
Think about Proverbs 22:6 and explain how patience is important and eventually pays off?
Read Colossians 1:9-14
1. Paul prayed on behalf of the Colossian church; what was he praying about?
2. Describe how Spirit filled knowledge, wisdom, and understanding leads to a worthy life.
3. According to this passage, list and explain what is pleasing to Jesus?
4. Why does a life worthy of Lord require endurance and patience?
5. Why has God qualified us (v.12)? Is it explained in vv.9-11 or vv.13-14? What’s the difference?
Read Hebrews 6:9-12
6. How do “faith and patience” result in the promised inheritance?
7. How does studying the fruit of the Spirit help us to understand the relationship between faith and works in our salvation?