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Gentleness for the Journey (8 of 9)
Series: Fruit for the Family
Ernest L. Easley
With only two characteristics left to inspect regarding the Fruit for the Family.. join me for a few minutes in Galatians 5.
The nine facets of the Fruit of the Spirit are all ours! Not some of them but all of them! The Fruit of the Spirit is not like the Gifts of the Spirit. When it comes to spiritual gifts ... we all have at least one and most likely more than one. God distributes the gifts as needed in order to build up His church.
But when it comes to the Fruit of the Spirit, God doesn't give some of the fruit to some of the saints ... He gives all of the fruit to all of the saints. And do you know why? Because the fruit of the Spirit describes the nature of God. And when you get saved ... you get all of God!
Now as we move into the eighth element ... the eighth facet of the fruit ... look with me to Galatians 5. We are thinking tonight about ...
Galatians 5.22-23 ... ''gentleness.'' Now as we think about having Gentleness for the Journey ...
(1) The Explanation of Gentleness.
That is the WHAT. What is ''gentleness?'' Are you a gentle person? And if so, what does that mean? Well ... this same Greek word is used by Jesus in Matthew 5.5, ''Blessed are the meek [????????for they shall inherit the earth.''
Think of gentleness and meekness as being synonyms ... meaning the same thing. It is sometimes difficult to find an equivalent word when translating from one language to the other. Remember, the New Testament was not originally written in English, but Greek.
I remember the first church I pastored, I had a woman upset with me because I wasn't preaching out the KJV. With all of the sincerity she could muster up and being as emphatic as she could be, she pointed her finger in my face and said, ''Young preacher, you are preaching heresy.'' I said, ''Now Mrs. Shepard, you know that I'm not preaching heresy but the Word of God.''
She s ...
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