A Study of the Fruit of the Spirit
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness” (Galatians 5:22).
To “suffer long” is to delay reaction or even punishment toward people and situations that do not appear to be the way we think they should be. Our human nature leads us to react instantly. Suffering long can cause us to become a more patient person if we open ourselves up to such learning.
“Kindness,” translated gentleness in the King James Version, has to do with a sweet disposition and is indicative of a person who has learned the art of longsuffering. As well, a kind person is one who can be easily entreated when corrected or when approached about a sensitive issue.
Kindness leads us to be gentle in our dealing with others and helps us realize we must return good for evil if we are to demonstrate the spirit of Christ—even toward those who don’t treat us well.