Chapter Five, Lesson Four
THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT Page
** Let's look at it together, remembering that all of this is produced
as a single fruit in the heart and life of the person who belongs to Christ.
Love [agape] - "self-sacrificing service"
cf. Romans 5:8, John 15:13
Joy - A deep down sense of well-being, because we know all is
well between us and God.
cf. Nehemiah 8:10, 1Peter 1:8
Peace - Tranquility of the mind, not related to our circumstances.
cf. John 14:1
Patience - Calm willingness to accept situations that are irritating
cf. Colossians 3:12-13
Kindness - Tender concern for the needs of others.
cf. 1Thessalonians 2:7
Goodness [agathos] - Moral and spiritual excellence
cf. 2Thessalonians 1:11-12
Faithfulness - Loyalty and trustworthiness
cf. 1Corinthians 4:1-2
V.23 Gentleness - Patiently submissive in every offense, while
being free of any desire for revenge or retribution. cf. 1Tim.6:11
Self-control - Restraining passions and appetites.
cf. 1Corinthians 9:25, 2Peter 1:5-7
** Here in verse 23, what observation does Paul make regarding the value
of the fruit of the Spirit?
"...against such things there is no law." Neither man's nor
God's, and with the preoccupation with the Law which belonged to the
Judaizers, even they could not argue against this type of fruit being
produced in the heart of a believer by the power of the Holy Spirit.
** How much of that list can be produced by our flesh?
Absolutely none of it! It is the Holy Spirit's fruit, which He graciously
desires to produce in our lives for the glory of God.
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