HOLY SPIRIT

THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT

“…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control…”(Gal 5:22-23 ESV).

“They refer to character, and set forth the kind of man the Spirit produces rather than the things He inspires him to do.  The nine elements have been divided into three sections of three each. (1) In relation to God: love, joy, peace. (2) In relation to our fellows: longsuffering, gentleness, goodness. (3) In relation to ourselves: faithfulness,…meekness, self-control” Samuel Chadwick (ref#195, p138).

“In newspaper English, the passage would read something like this: The Fruit of the Spirit is an affectionate, lovable disposition, a radiant spirit and a cheerful temper, a tranquil mind and a quiet manner, a forbearing patience in provoking circumstances and with trying people, a sympathetic insight and tactful helpfulness, generous judgment and a big-souled charity, loyalty and reliableness under all circumstances, humility that forgets self in the joy of others, in all things self-mastered and self-controlled, which is the final mark of perfecting” Samuel Chadwick (ref#195, p139).

“…fruit…grows by abiding and is perfected without noise or fuss, without anxiety or care.  God glories in fruit” Samuel Chadwick (ref#195, p138). “…Paul… says that they are to be regarded as the proper result of the Spirit’s operations on the soul” Barnes’ Notes (ref#16, [Gal 5:22]).

“Spiritual gifts are not the same as the fruit of the Spirit. Spiritual fruit is produced from within; spiritual gifts are imparted from without.  Fruit relates to Christlike character; gifts relate to Christian service….Paul made it clear in 1 Corinthians 13 that spiritual gifts without spiritual fruit are worthless….” (Kenneth Boa, The Gifts of the Spirit,http://bible.org/article/gifts-spirit).

ASSURANCES

REGARDING SIN 

…FATHER, You know I can be surrounded by Christians—fit right in—hold my own in doing good yet possess no evidences of godliness—outwardly, yes, but inwardly, no.

“There is a condition that leads to…final condemnation—a condition of religious experience and Christian surroundings but no genuine fruit” Dan Cummings (ref#141, p1, “A Fearful Warning and  A Joy-filled Promise,” Sept 24, 2006).

O GOD, can I describe myself as a chameleon? One color for doing good; another color for doing bad? Feeling good about doing good; and feeling good about doing bad; living as I please?

“The unregenerate don’t fight sin—not in the sense that their ‘inner man’ is devastated by it…” Dan Cummings (ref#141, p6, “A Fearful Warning and  A Joy-filled Promise,” Sept 24, 2006).

So, LORD,  my test is to check myself to see how I feel inwardly about sinning:

“The test is, Do we love the law?  Do we hate our failure?  Do we cry out in dismay over our sinful condition?  Do we look to Christ and his righteousness?  Do we fly to the cross?  Do we confess and repent and renounce Satan and set our faces to go forward with Jesus on the Calvary road” John Piper, Who Is This Divided Man [Part 1] Dan Cummings (ref#141, p7, “A Fearful Warning and A Joy-filled Promise,” Sept 24, 2006).