Continued; Kindness was exemplified by the Good Samaritan through the wounds of an enemy when he took him to an inn and spent a good amount of money so that the man could be cared for properly. It is an example we should follow.
Humility enables kindness for it allows us to accept people as they are. Humility comes from experiencing the greatness of God and realizing that we become who we need to be only by His grace. Christ and Christianity elevated humility to a virtue. It is the antidote for the self-love that poisons relationships. Jesus Christ is the great example of humility, and it is to be a common and cherished Christian virtue.
Gentleness is the opposite of rough and ungraciousness, and is closely related to humility. It is not weakness, but rather the willingness to suffer injury instead of inflicting it. Meekness is strength under control. “The word was used to describe a soothing wind, a healing medicine, and a colt that had been broken. In each instance, there is power; a wind can become a storm; too much medicine can kill; a horse can break loose. But meekness is power under control.”
We become meek when we place ourselves and our situations under God’s will. When we do so, we do not need to control others.
Roy Stedman said: “It is real strength, but it does not have to display itself or show off how strong it is.” The gentle person knows he is a sinner among sinners and is willing to suffer the abuse other sinners may impose on him.
Patience or forbearance means self-restraint, a steady response in the face of provocation (Col. 1:11). The patient person does not get angry at others. It is the spirit which doesn’t let mankind’s foolishness and un-teachability drive it to cynicism or despair; nor let their insults and ill treatment drive one to bitterness or wrath. Patience is the opposite of resentment and revenge. It also was a characteristic of Jesus Christ.
Paul wrote to Timothy, “For this reason I found mercy, in order that in me as the foremost, Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience, as an example for those who would believe in Him for eternal life” (1 Tim. 1:16). Were it not for God's patience with us, no one would ever be saved (2 Pet. 3:15).
The virtues of a heart filled with grace continue in verse 13. “bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.
Bearing with one another means “to endure, to hold out in spite of persecution, threats, injury, indifference, or complaints and not retaliating.” It characterized Paul, who told the Corinthians, “when we are reviled, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure” (1 Cor. 4:12). Believers are to exhibit forbearance (Eph. 4:2). Believers are to be marked not only by endurance, but also by forgiving each other. The Greek literally means “to be gracious”, “forgiving yourselves.” The church as a whole is to be a gracious, mutually forgiving fellowship.
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