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Jesus and the Fruit of the Spirit: Longsuffering

Ponder: The longsuffering of Jesus
Scripture: “For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them” (Luke 9:56, NKJV).
Someone smarter than I am said that a short fuse is dangerous in dynamite and in people. No doubt the Holy Spirit agrees, since He inspired Paul to use the word “macrothumia” (longsuffering) in his
list of the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22). The first part of this compound word (macro) means
“long,” and the second part means “anger.” Someone who is longsuffering, then, takes a long time to become angry. We would say he has a long temper rather than a short one.


The Right Decision

“And they lifted up their voice, and wept again; and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clave unto her” (Ruth 1:14).
Naomi and her daughters-in-law, Ruth and Orpah, were well on their way to Judah when Naomi turned to them and said, “Go, return each of you to her mother’s house.” Both women turned to Naomi and said, “Nay, but we will return with thee unto thy people.” Naomi argued against their decision. Her reasons were valid. After some discussion, Orpah decided to go back and live with her people. This is the last time we see Orpah’s name.



“But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach” (Matt 23:3b NIV).
In ancient Rome and Greece, stage plays were a very popular form of entertainment. Many of the Greek classics are plays that were put on stage with professional actors. Often, the actors wore large masks which would augment their voices. The actor was called a “hypocrites.” From this use of the word, a was coined to refer to someone who “pretended to be someone they weren’t.” Hence, a hypocrite.