Posted by: missionventureministries | February 7, 2019

THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT – Galatians 5:22-23

But 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)

When we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior and make Him the Lord of our live, the Holy Spirit comes and lives inside of us and will guide us and help us understand the word of God. Because of that help, we can become more like Jesus and demonstrate the gifts of the Spirit.

LOVE

Love is the first fruit of the Spirit mentioned. Jesus said the greatest commandment is to love God and love one another (Mark 12:30-31). When we love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, and love our neighbors as ourselves, we show the world we belong to Jesus. However, until you know God loves you, it will be difficult to love God and love others.

It is only when God’s love starts to flow and enter into our life that we can begin to love Him, and love one another to the degree and to the intensity that God would really like to see from each one of us.

Love chooses to set aside one’s own preferences and desires, to put the other person first (Philippians 2:1-3).

JOY

It’s easy to have joy when things are going our way. It’s a different story when life is hard. However, followers of Jesus are called to have joy all the time—not just when life is good.

Joy means “gladness and delight” – “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice” (Philippians 4:4). As we cling tight to Jesus, abiding daily in our relationship with Him, we will experience the fullness of joy that Jesus tells us in the account of the vine and the branches; and in the last verse Jesus says: “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete” (John 15:4-11).

PEACE

Unfortunately, the world doesn’t offer much peace; and the reason the world does not have peace is because they do not know the Prince of Peace. Jesus said: Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful (John 14:27).

Jesus also said: “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

And Scripture tells us: Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)

PATIENCE

As we live in this fast-paced world we don’t see much patience today. But Christians have the Holy Spirit living in them longing to demonstrate patience to those around us. Patient people display endurance, longsuffering, and perseverance.

Just as God is patient as He waits for the lost to come to Him, “The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9), He calls His people to be patient as we extend the offer of salvation in Christ to others. “Be always humble, gentle, and patient. Show your love by being tolerant with one another” (Ephesians 4:2).

We should also remember that: “Hot tempers cause arguments, but patience brings peace” (Proverbs 15:18).

KINDNESS

We open ourselves to the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit when we ask Him to produce in us a kind heart, because kindness yields marvelous fruit both in our lives and the lives of those around us. Scripture says:  Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. (Ephesians 4:32)

We should always remember that a kind word, a kind action to another person can really do wonders for them. Proverbs says: “Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness will find life, righteousness, and honor” (21:21).

GOODNESS

The Bible says that it is the goodness of God that will lead sinners to repentance and salvation. God demonstrated His kindness and goodness to us in our salvation (Titus 3:4) and will continue to “show the immeasurable riches of His grace in kindness toward us” for all eternity (Ephesians 2:7).

Many people say that what drew them to want to know more about God was the love and goodness they saw shining through a believer. “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love” (2 Peter 1:5-7).

FAITHFULNESS

To be faithful is to be reliable, steadfast and unwavering. For the Christian, it means being faithful to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who redeemed us. Christian faithfulness therefore is continued and consistent submission and obedience to the same Spirit who provides the ability for us to be faithful.

Being faithful to God means not putting other things above Him; “Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man” (Proverbs 3:3-4).

Christians are to respond to God in faithfulness, just like Paul remained faithful to God in spite of tremendous pressures: “I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service” (1 Timothy 1:12).

The word also describes someone willing to suffer persecution and even death for Christ’s sake. “Therefore, among God’s churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring” (2 Thessalonians 1:4).

GENTLENESS

Gentleness is closely linked to humility; it is not weakness, but instead it is strength under control. Paul instructed Timothy that, the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth,  and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will (2 Timothy 2:24-26). And in his letter to the church in Galatia, he wrote that those who have been caught sinning should be restored in a “spirit of gentleness” (Galatians 6:1).

Gentleness involves humility and thankfulness toward God, and polite, restrained behavior toward others. The opposites of gentleness are anger and a desire for revenge. If, however, we allow the Holy Spirit to lead us, we will be filled with fruit of gentleness.

SELF-CONTROL

One of the proofs of God’s working in our lives is the ability to control our own thoughts, words, and actions. Self-control leads to perseverance and godliness (2 Peter 1:6) instead of the instant gratification of the world.

Self-control is a gift that frees us. It frees us to enjoy the benefits of a healthy mind and body. It frees us from a guilty conscience. Self-control restricts the indulgence of our foolish desires, and we find liberty to love and live as we are meant to in Christ Jesus.

As the Spirit gives us self-control, He gives us the ability to refuse sin, because we know: “that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin” (Romans 6:6).

As true born again Christians, we have the Holy Spirit producing His fruit in us and we have the Holy Spirit’s power available to conquer the acts of the sinful nature. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (2 Corinthians 5:17)

The fruit of the Spirit is what God desires our lives to exhibit and, with the Holy Spirit’s help, we can!  I can do all this through Him who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13).

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