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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)

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

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

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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

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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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