Posted by: wwyeshua | December 12, 2020

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)

Did you know that when we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior and make Him the Lord of our life, that 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 just like when a good fruit tree produces fruit.

So let us take a look at the fruit of the Spirit that the Bible teaches us about:

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 that God loves you, it will be difficult to love God and to love others.

It is only when we let God’s love come into our life that we can begin to love Him, and love one another the way God wants us to.

JOY

It’s easy to have joy when things are going our way. It’s a different story when they are not so wonderful. However, followers of Jesus are called to have joy all the time, not just when everything is going well.

To have joy means to be “happy” and the Bible tells us to: “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice” (Philippians 4:4). Even is we are sad, if we listen to Jesus’ words and obey them we will be filled with joy because we know that we are obeying Jesus and that He will be happy with our attitude.

 

PEACE

Sadly, 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. The Bible tells us: Do not worry about anything. But pray and ask God for everything you need. And when you pray, always give thanks. And God’s peace will keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. The peace that God gives is so great that we cannot understand it. (Philippians 4:6-7)

Always remember that fear, anxiety and worry come from Satan. God wants to give you peace.

Read your Bible and pray. Submit to God and resist the Devil and he will flee from you. (James 4:7)

PATIENCE

As we live in a very fast-paced world we don’t find many people that have the patience Jesus wants us to have. Those who call themselves Christians and who have the Holy Spirit living in them should be patient with others. We are to be patient with those who are handicapped, those who are old and cannot move so fast anymore, and there are many other reasons that we can think of to practice being patient with. Can you think of some?

Just as God is patient with us and waits for the lost to come to Him because He wants everyone to be saved  (2 Peter 3:9), we should show our love by being patient with one another (Ephesians 4:2). 

KINDNESS

The Holy Spirit can do some wonderful things in our life when we ask Him to give 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 must always remember that a kind word or kind action to a person can do wonders for them. They may be having a bad day, but when you are kind to them, you give them the opportunity to see the love of Jesus in you, and smile.

The Golden Rule is to do unto others as you would want then to do unto you. Luke 6:31

GOODNESS

God is good towards us and He wants you to treat other with goodness.

The Bible says that it is the goodness of God that will lead sinners to repentance and salvation.

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, and that believer can be you!

FAITHFULNESS

To be faithful is to be trustworthy. For the Christian, it means being faithful to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ by obeying Him every day.

Being faithful to God means not putting other things above what He tells us to do like being kind to one another, obeying your father and mother and following thru on something you promised someone you would do.

Do you give others a reason to trust you and have faith in you? Do you keep your promises? Always remember that God is faithful and keeps His promises, just as we must also do if we are to produce good fruit. Always remember that God is faithful and keeps His promises, just as we must also do.

GENTLENESS

Gentleness involves being kind, polite and helping others. Jesus teaches us to deal with others in a gentle and compassionate way just like He did throughout His ministry here on earth.

The opposite of gentleness is having an angry spirit and a desire for revenge. If, however, we allow the Holy Spirit to lead us, we will be filled with the fruit of gentleness like Jesus wants us to be filled.

SELF-CONTROL

One of the proofs of God’s working in our life 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 what the world has to offer.

Self-control is a gift that frees us to enjoy the benefits of a healthy mind and body. It frees us from a guilty conscience. Self-control puts the brakes on our foolish desires, giving us the freedom to love and live as we are destined to in Christ Jesus.

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

Jesus said: “You can tell each tree by its fruit. Do people pick grapes from bushes? Do they pick figs from thorns?” Evidently not! So what kind of tree are you? Are you a good tree with healthy fruit?  If you think you are, have you asked Jesus to forgive you of your sins and made things right with Him? Are you obeying Him every day and making Him the boss of your life? Or do you think that you can have good fruit on your own merits?

Remember that just as a tree is recognized by its fruit.  You cannot live life without God and produce good fruit.  You cannot be the “good” person that God desires you to be without becoming His obedient child, meaning you cannot do it on your own.  You need the power of the Holy Spirit to work in you and through you.  Only then, will you produce the kind of fruit of the Spirit that the Bible teaches us about.

If you want to live a life filled with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control remember what the Bible teaches: I can do all this through Him (Jesus) who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13)

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Goodbye, until next time. Until then, remember to say your prayers obey your mom and dad and do not forget to go to church and Sunday school next week.

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