God is calling us to have the same fruit that Christ had on earth. He wants us to be more like Him and not the world. Remember, who roams the four corners of the earth and has power here? Christ is our example of the fruit. He gives guidance and direction on how to use this fruit. If you want to know how to behave as a Christian you look towards Christ examples. We are made one with Him.
Ephesians 4:3-7 Endeavouring to keep the_______ of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is ______ body, and _______ Spirit, even as ye are called in ________ hope of your calling; One Lord, _______ faith, ______ baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. But unto _______ _______of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
How does God himself show the fruit of longsuffering? How do we show this fruit? Mark the correct column either God or us that the verse is talking about.
|1 Peter 3:20|
|2 Peter 3:9|
|2 Peter 3:15|
Genesis 6: 3,5,13 explains how God was being longsuffering with Noah. List all God did.
His patience is the reason for His longsuffering. If I got what I deserved I would be in hell right now. He is slow to anger and has an abundance of mercy.
Now, are you longsuffering? List how you are longsuffering in your day to day life. I think about my kids sometimes I just want to pinch their heads off. Admit it you feel the same way. But I don’t because I love them and we just move on and learn from our mistakes. We try to be patient with them. Why should we be patient with others?
Be _________therefore, brethren, unto the _______ of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman __________ for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long ___________ for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. Be ye also_________; ___________ your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh. _________ not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door. Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of ____________. Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the ___________ of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of ________ mercy.
Along with patience we need to show kindness and peace. When you really start to look at each fruit you will see that they all begin to connect. You cannot have one without the other. When Paul greets his brethren he always says “peace be unto you”. Our peace is in Him. When we don’t have peace in our lives it’s not coming from God. You just saw why He is the Prince of Peace. In Isaiah 32:17 why do we have peace?
Describe being at peace. How do you feel? How does your household feel when you are at peace?
Psalm 34:14 what should we seek?
Psalm 37:37 what is the end for the upright man?
Job 22:21 If we acquaint ourselves with God are we at peace?
Isaiah 32:18 If you have peace in God how will your household be?
Jeremiah 9:8 How should we speak to our neighbors?
Matthew 10:12-13, Explain this verse in your own words.
Romans 10:15 Why would are feet be beautiful?
Romans 14:19, What are we to follow after & why?
2 Corinthians 13:11 Why would Paul end his letter in this way?
Ephesians 6:15 Why should our feet be set in the gospel of peace?
Colossians 3:15, What should rule our hearts?
1 Timothy 2:2, We are to lead our lives how?
Hebrew 12:14, For what reason are we to follow peace with all men?
1 Peter 3:11, Why are we to ensue peace? May need to look up the word ensue.
How do we know God is a God of peace and that He is peaceful towards us?
|Verse||Peace from God|
|1 Thessalonians 1:1|
|2 Thessalonians 2:16|
Which verse tells us of God’s merciful kindness?
- 1 John 2:18 2. Psalms 117:2 3. Acts 9:1
Read Psalms 119:76 what is His merciful kindness for?
- Our comfort 2. His comfort 3. Material comfort
But after that the _________ and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his _______ he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being __________ by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
How is God showing kindness and love? How should we show kindness and peace? Read Ruth 1:8-9
What did this woman speak?
- Hatred 2. Kindness 3. Lies
Colossians 3:12 what are we to put on?
- Kindness 2. Pants 3. Wrong doings
2 Peter 1:7 what type of kindness should we have?
- Sisterly 2. Brotherly 3. Motherly
Romans 12:10 how should we treat one another? Why do we need to do this?
Application: Ask God to help you live with peace and kindness toward others and yourself.