The Fruit of the Spirit (5 of 5) by Jonathan McLeod

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The Fruit of the Spirit (5 of 5)
Series: The Holy Spirit
Jonathan McLeod

How many of you bought some fruit this week? (Now we know who the unhealthy people are.)

Why do we eat fruit?

• Tastes good (but as good as junk food?)
• Healthy (''An apple a day keeps the doctor away.'')

The Bible talks about a kind of fruit that has much greater benefits: the fruit of the Spirit.

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).

Imagine how different our relationships would be if we were always people of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control!

1. EXAMINING THE FRUIT

(The fruit of the Spirit is not a complete list of Christian virtues.)

a. Love - self-giving SERVICE

Serve one another in love. The entire law is summed up in a single command: ''Love your neighbor as yourself.'' If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other (Galatians 5:13b-15).

b. Joy - REJOICING in the Lord
c. Peace - HARMONY with others

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone (Romans 12:18).

Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace (Ephesians 4:3).

d. Patience - ENDURANCE under provocation, with no thought of retaliation (''longsuffering'' KJV)
e. Kindness - showing CONCERN for others (''gentleness'' KJV)
f. Goodness - HELPING others in need
g. Faithfulness - loyalty, RELIABILITY, trustworthiness (''faith'' KJV)
h. Gentleness - CONTROLLED strength (''meekness'' KJV)
i. Self-control - RESTRAINT of natural impulses (''temperance'' KJV)

Against such things there is no law (Galatians 5:23b).

The law (OT law) exists because people are evil, not because they are good. It exists ''against'' sin, not ''against'' virtue. There is no need of the law to say, ''you ...


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