Rom 4:16; 1Co 13:13; 2Ti 3:10-11; Jam 1:2-4; 2TI 4:2.
ROMANS-358-120314 - length: 60:34 - taught on Mar, 14 2012
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control;
1CO 13:13 But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.
Running the race:
FAITH is the strategy
HOPE is the vision
LOVE is the destination
The greatest of these is love, but love takes time and patience to arrive into, 2TI 3:10-11.
After years of absorbing the teaching, day by day, and then living in the conduct, the royal family honor code, something starts to emerge!
First stop is FAITH.
And from there the only way to get to LOVE is through patience!
The Greek word is makrothumia.
makrothumia = a state of emotional calm in the face of provocation and without complaint or irritation - 'patience.'
makros = “long” in place or time
thumos = passion, indignation, rage, temper, angry heat
hupomone is needed to be able to bear up with HOPE under persecutions and sufferings.