In This Series
Fruit Of The Spirit (6)
Sunday, July 28, 2019
Take Away / Application
Long-suffering provides visible proof of God working in the heart of a believer. The way to learn long-suffering is through loving others with the love of Christ.
Don’t be afraid to add to this list, skip questions that don’t work for your group or branch off with additional questions as the discussion unfolds. Conversation is key! This is the time to work through the application of scripture and have group members figure things out together.
- Of the four fruits of the spirit we’ve gone through so far, is there one in particular that you struggle with more than the others?
- In James 5:7–8, what is the parallel between the farmer waiting for the harvest and us waiting for the coming of the Lord?
- What are the similarities and differences between patience and perseverance? Why are the two often mentioned together?
- From your past experiences, when someone wrongs you, how do you react?
- Practically, how do you show love to a difficult person or someone who has wronged you?
- Share an account that demonstrates Jesus as long-suffering. Why does this particular account stand out to you? What would it mean for us now if Jesus wasn’t long-suffering in his earthly ministry?
- It’s not uncommon to occasionally lose your patience. What are some situations that trigger us (is it our work, traffic, children, etc.)? What can you do to prepare ahead of time to respond in a more Christ-like way?
- Think back to a time where God used a difficult time to develop you. Could you see God working in your life during this trial? If not, how long after did it take to see God was present during those circumstances?