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Slow burner

I remember the instructions on many a firework from family Guy Fawkes nights: ‘Light the blue touch-paper and retire immediately’.

Notes to Growing Christians David Jackman
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Short fuses can be dangerous and closeness to explosives is always hazardous. I have sometimes thought that there are Christians who should carry similar ‘health and safety’ warnings, ‘Danger — high explosives!’ But the fruit of the Spirit we are considering this month is the exact opposite — it is ‘patience’, often translated ‘long-suffering’.