The fruit of the Spirit manifests itself in 9 spiritual qualities. Today we are going to study long-suffering, gentleness, and goodness.
Long-suffering. This is the ability to suffer through something for a long time. It’s one of God’s characteristics, Ex 34:6. It’s this quality that allows him to lead you to repentance, Rom 2:4, after a long season of sin for which he should have killed you long ago, see 1 Tim 1:16, 2 Pet 3:9.
This Spirit’s fruit was evident in Paul; he was long-suffering in the ministry, 2 Cor 6:6. We need long-suffering to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace, Eph 4:1-3; Col 3:12-14.
Gentleness. Gentleness is also a characteristic of the Godhead. It’s the fruit of the Spirit. It is in God Almighty. David said, “thy gentleness hath made me great”, Ps 18:35. And this gentleness was likewise in Christ, 2 Cor 10:1. Gentleness is a characteristic of divine wisdom in Jas 3:17, unlike the strife and bitter envying of earthly wisdom, Jas 3:14-16.
Paul was gentle with the Thessalonians, 1 Thes 2:7. The servant of the Lord must be gentle when dealing with a wayward person, 2 Tim 2:24. And Christians in general must be gentle, Titus 3:1-2. This gentleness comes from the Spirit in us.
Goodness. God is abundant in goodness, Ex 34:6. His goodness leadeth to repentance, Rom 2:4. Men should praise the Lord for his goodness, Ps 107:8, 15, 21, 31. And when you are filled with the Spirit you are filled with his goodness, Rom 15:13-14. When the nations see how good God is to Israel, they will fear and tremble for all his goodness to them, Jer 33:7-9.