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The Ultimate Priority - Worship . . . Part 5

V.22 (cont'd.)

** What is next?

5) Kindness, this is a tender concern for others, like that which our Lord displayed.
cf. Matthew 11:28-29, 2Timothy 2:24-25

** Goodness follows kindness and could be confused as being the same thing, how is it different?

6) Goodness - "agathos" has to do with moral and spiritual excellence that displays itself in active kindness towards others. cf. Galatians 6:10

** Seventh, and the last one in this verse, is what?

7) Faithfulness - This is life-long trustworthyness for the child of God.
cf. 1Corinthians 4:1-2, Revelation 2:10

V.23 ** What is eighth in our list of the manifestations of the Holy Spirit's fruit?

8) Gentleness - lit. "meekness", it is the humble, gentle attitude that is patiently submissive in every offense, while being free of any desire for revenge or retribution. It is power under control!
cf. 1Timothy 6:11, Colossians 3:12

** Finally, how else is the Holy Spirit's fruit made manifest in us?

9) Self-control - restraining passions and appetites. Jesus did this when tempted by Satan in Matthew 4:1-11.

We are to do the same, as God's children. cf. 1Corinthians 9:25, 2Peter 1:5-7

** Is there anything raised up by man or God that would make this type of behavior unlawful?

No, "against such things there is no law". Even the unsaved of this world can recognize the benefit of this lifestyle, although some would say it betrays a sign of weakness, they would never think it to be harmful or unlawful.

V.24 ** This lifestyle belongs to someone who can produce the fruit of the Spirit. How is that person described in verse 24?

As someone "who belongs to Christ..." cf. 1Corinthians 6:19

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