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Definitions & Insights

Definitions & Insights – Patience & Gentleness

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23 ESV, emphasis mine)


patience – endurance, constancy, steadfastness, perseverance, forbearance, longsuffering, slowness in avenging wrongs1

synonym of patience – the self-restraint which does not hastily retaliate a wrong2


gentleness – mildness, meekness3

synonym of gentleness – The attitude of mind and behavior which, arising from humility, disposes one to receive with gentleness and meekness whatever may come to him from others or from God4


1. Larry Pierce, The Online Bible, CD-ROM (Winterbourne, Ontario: Larry Pierce, 2007), Galatians 5:22.

2. Ibid., @ synonym 5861.

3. Ibid., Galatians 5:23.

4. Ibid., @ synonym 5898.

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