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The Fruit Of The Spirit

Introduction

Since the fruit of the Spirit is the produce of the Spirit, then how does the Spirit produce the qualities of ‘love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance’ in Christians today? The Spirit influences Christians today by the Spirit inspired Word.  

 

The fruit of the Spirit it is the product that is produced by the Spirit’s influence. ‘The fruit of the Spirit’ isn’t a Christian nor the fruit of a Christian which some have mistakenly taught. In fact, the fruit of a Christian is more than just a Christian.

It is true that in the natural world, mankind, animals, and plants produce after their kind. Christians should also produce after their kind, and in this sense, the fruit of a Christian is another Christian. Complete Study Of The Fruit Of The Spirit

The first descriptive characteristic which Paul ascribes to this marvellous fruit is ‘love.’

As Paul describes the fruit of the Spirit, he begins with the most prevalent characteristic. It stands loftily above the others. Love stands in the heights because it directly stems from God. The Fruit Of The Spirit Is Love

The second descriptive characteristic which Paul ascribes to this marvellous fruit is ‘joy.’

‘Joy’ is delight or to experience great pleasure. It is the opposite of weeping, lamenting, and sorrow. Some synonyms of joy are gladness and rejoicing.

From the accusation made against Jesus, we know that he was a man of joy. The Fruit Of The Spirit Is Joy

The third descriptive characteristic which Paul ascribes to this marvellous fruit is ‘peace.’

From the very beginning of the Lord’s ministry, we learn about peace. In the Beatitudes, Jesus said, ‘blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God’. The Fruit Of The Spirit Is Peace

The fourth descriptive characteristic which Paul ascribes to this marvellous fruit is ‘long-suffering.’

Some have defined the term as ‘long on suffering.’ Certainly, this is an easy way to remember the basic concept. A couple of synonyms of ‘longsuffering’ are forbearance and patience. The Fruit Of The Spirit Is Long-Suffering

The fifth descriptive characteristic which Paul ascribes to this marvellous fruit is ‘gentleness.’

The word ‘gentleness’ means goodness of the heart or kindness. It is normally associated with moral goodness. It carries with it the idea of a ‘kindly disposition’ and is more often translated ‘goodness’ and ‘kindness’. Thus, this attribute is always sweet, kind, and full of graciousness. The Fruit Of The Spirit Is Gentleness

The sixth descriptive characteristic which Paul ascribes to this marvellous fruit is ‘goodness.’

In the original language, goodness is a moral quality. It is uprightness of heart and life. Goodness is very closely associated with gentleness. Gentleness describes the kindlier quality of goodness whereas goodness describes the sterner or disciplined aspect. The Fruit Of The Spirit Is Goodness

The seventh descriptive characteristic which Paul ascribes to this marvellous fruit is ‘faithfulness.’

Though faith should not be emphasised above the other characteristics, it’s a vital and crucial topic because without faith it is impossible to please God. The Fruit Of The Spirit Is Faithfulness

The eighth descriptive characteristic which Paul ascribes to this marvellous fruit is ‘meekness.’

Like the other qualities of the fruit of the Spirit, meekness mustn’t be disregarded as being unimportant. Jesus taught this God admired virtue in the third beatitude of the Sermon on the Mount, ‘blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.’ The Fruit Of The Spirit Is Meekness

The ninth descriptive characteristic which Paul ascribes to this marvellous fruit is ‘temperance.’

‘Temperance’ is self-control. In the original language, it literally means ‘in strength,’ that is, in the realm or in the sphere of strength. It describes the virtue of a person who masters his or her desires and passions. The Fruit Of The Spirit Is Temperance

DAILY BIBLE VERSE

"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us."

Ephesians 3:20

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