of the Spirit
What is the fruit of the
But the fruit of the
Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience,
kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness
and self-control. Against such things there
is no law. Galatians 5:22,23.
What are the works of the
The acts of the sinful
nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity
and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft, hatred,
discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish
ambition, dissentions, factions, and envy;
drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as
I did before, that those who live like this will
not inherit the kingdom of God. Verses
Note the evils here
mentioned are a close parallel to the lists found
in Matthew 15:18, 19; Mark 7: 20-23; Romans 1:
29-31; and 2 Timothy 3: 1-5.
How may the works of the
flesh be avoided?
So I say, live by
the Spirit, and you will not gratify the
desires of the sinful nature.
The Fruit of Love
By what is the love of God
shed abroad in the heart?
And hope does not
disappoint us, because God has poured out his
love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit,
whom he has given us. Romans 5:5.
What is love declared to be?
And over all these
virtues put on love, which binds them all
together in perfect unity.
By what does genuine faith
For in Christ Jesus
neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any
value. The only thing that counts is faith
expressing itself through love.
What does love do?
Hatred stirs up
dissention, but love covers all wrongs.
Proverbs 10:12. Above all, love each
other deeply, because love covers a multitude
of sins. 1 Peter 4:8.
In what way does love manifest
Love is patient, love
is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it
is not proud. It is not rude, it is not
self-seeking, it is not easily angered. It keeps
no record of wrongs.
1 Corinthians 13:4,5.
The Kingdom of God
Of what does the kingdom
of God consist?
For the kingdom of God
is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness,
peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
Note It is the
Christians privilege to have righteousness,
peace and joy-a righteousness which is of God by
faith (Romans 3:21,22); a peace that passes all
understanding (Philippians 4:7), which the world
can neither give nor take away; and a joy that
rejoices evermore (1 Thessalonians 5:16;
Gentleness, Goodness, Faith
What does Gods
gentleness do for us?
You give me your
shield of victory, and your right hand sustains
me; you stoop down to make me great.
What spirit should we show
But the Lords
servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be
kind to everyone, able to teach, not
resentful. 2 Timothy 2:24.
What does the goodness of God
Or do you show
contempt for the riches of his kindness,
tolerance and patience, not realizing that Gods
kindness leads you towards repentance.
How should we treat those who
have wronged us?
Do not take
revenge, my friends, but leave room for Gods
wrath, for it is written: It is mine to
avenge; I will repay, says the Lord. On the
contrary: If your enemy is hungry, feed
him; if he is thirsty, give him something to
drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals
on his head. Romans 12: 19, 20.
How does faith determine our
standing with God?
And without faith
it is impossible to please God, because
anyone who comes to him must believe that he
exists and that he rewards those who have
earnestly seek him.
Gentleness and Self-Control
How does God regard the gentle
and quiet spirit?
Your beauty should not
come from outward adornment, such as braided hair
and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes.
Instead, it should be that of your inner self,
the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet
spirit, which is of great worth in Gods
1 Peter 3:3,4.
In our Christian growth
and experience, what is to accompany faith,
courage, and knowledge?
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. 2 Peter 1: 5, 6.
Note One of the best
definitions of self-control is control, strength,
power, or ascendancy over exciting and evil
passions of all kinds. It denotes the self-rule
which the over comer or converted man has over
the evil propensities of his nature. Commenting
on this passage, Dr. Albert Barnes says: The
influence of the Holy Spirit on the heart makes a
man moderate in all indulgences; teaches
him to restrain his passions, and to govern
How is he commended who
controls his spirit?
Better a patient man
than a warrior; a man who controls his temper
than one who takes the city. Proverbs
From Condemnation to Peace
What is said of all these
Against such things there
is no law. Galatians 5:23.
Note The law condemns
sin. But all these things being virtues are in
harmony with the law. The Spirit produces them;
and the law, which is spiritual, therefore cannot
To what unity are Christians
Make every effort to
keep the unity of the Spirit through the
bond of peace.
Spirit of life, and light,
Thy heavenly influence give;
Quicken our souls, our guilt
That we in Christ may live.
His love within us shed
Till God in us, and we in
In love eternal dwell.
- Thomas Haweis.