DO YOU HAVE A SHORT FUSE?
Galatians 5: 22
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JESUS CHRIST prayed for His followers of every era. He said, "I
will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that
He may abide with you forever, even the Spirit of truth..."
(John 14: 16, 17).
His reference is to the indwelling Holy Spirit. When there is
inert life and energy in a vine it manifests itself in the vine
bearing fruit. It is inevitable. When the Holy Spirit is in a
believer, He is the energy Source who produces fruit in a life.
The pride of the vine is its fruit. The pride of the Holy Spirit
is the fruit He is allowed to produce in our lives.
Galatians 5: 22 lists nine aspects in our lives. The text says
"the harvest of the Spirit is..." Grammatically that appears to
involve a singular verb, "harvest," and plural verbs.
The solution is found in the Greek word KARPOS translated
"fruit." In 1611, in England, when the New Testament was
translated from Greek to English, harvest time was called a time
of "fruiting" so they translated it "fruit." Today the word
"harvest" is a better translation.
The nine characteristics harvested by the Holy Spirit in the
life of a believer divide themselves into three groups of three.
The first grouping, love, joy, and peace, are virtues that come
The second three: longsuffering, gentleness, and goodnessare
dispositions that relate to other people.
The first three are upward and th ...
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