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

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

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

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13 responses to “Patience Kindness Goodness – A Poem about Fruit

  1. mehnaz

    excellent,outstanding

  2. akismet-3be9ca5b25f873db0e3a0303a54c9289

    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! : )

  3. That is so kind of you to always share goodness! Can’t help but be thankful too! :)

  4. 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

  5. Ann

    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!

    Blessings,
    ann

    • 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

  6. I really liked this…the way the thoughts moved from line to line. I liked the way that you described both the mind and the role of the Spirit.

    Theresa

  7. So timely. Just finished a study with my small group on this very topic! Words truly to live by! Blessings

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