The Fruit of the Spirit
So, what is the “Fruit of the Spirit”? Frist lets remember it is fruit as singular and not fruits as plural. All these following characteristics are a single character of the spirit filled Christian.
In the book of Galatians, the fruit is listed and it should be noted, there is no law against these! These are all good things!
Galatians 5: (King James Version)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
In the amplified, they are interpreted as,
Galatians 5: 22-23 Amplified Bible (AMP)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit [the result of His presence within us] is love [unselfish concern for others], joy, [inner] peace, patience [not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting], kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such things, there is no law.
These are all characteristics of a spirit filled person. Do you achieve this over night, probably not? These things come from walking in obedience to the Lord.
Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice and to hearken than the fat of rams.
1Samuel 15; 22 And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt-offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejected thee from being king.
Disciples waiting on the baptism of Holy Ghost on the day of Pentecost!
Luke 24:48-50 King James Version
48 And ye are witnesses of these things.
49 And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.
50 And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them.
Acts 1 King James Version (KJV)
1 The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,
2 Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen:
3 To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:
4 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.
One of the things that really catches my eye in the scripture in 1 Samuel 5:23 is the fact that Samuel told King Saul that rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft!
So, how better to find out about witchcraft than to read about it. No, I am not endorsing you go reading about witches! I have done the research for you! Witchcraft in ancient times and in modern as well, was and still is a practice that like Satan, holds everything dear that is against the holiness of God! It is considered total rebellion against the creator!
Samuel told Saul he had acted as the witches who don’t even regard God as their creator! God gave Saul a command through his servant Samuel! Saul took it upon himself to alter that command. Maybe he thought God didn’t know just how nice those cows down there in the land of the Amalekites were!
Maybe Saul thought it would please the people if he brought back Agag, King of the Amalekites for a show? Who knows why he did the thing he did? He did not follow Gods command! This always ends in a bad situation!
Obedience brings us into the will of God and his blessings and favor! Look what the disciples would have missed if they had not tarried in Jerusalem and waited for the promise of the Father! Look at Peter, who just days before had denied Jesus and what happened after Pentecost! The Holy Spirit changed him forever!
I know this is probably not what you thought would be written about when you saw the title, The Fruit of the Holy spirit but it is of vast importance in understanding how to have those fruit! Many people question why they or others are not walking in this fruit? It very well could be because they value their opinion over Gods!
So lets move on!
What is the root cause of blessings, bondage, never being able to keep a job, never being able to stay in a relationship, financial success or failure, or struggle of anything, etc. We could go on and on! I just want you to see, there is a root cause for everything, struggle or problem we go through in this life.
To find those root causes we need to look within ourselves and quit blaming those around us! A wonderful minister told me one time that when we walk in obedience to God, he changes us inside and not those around us! Then we understand God better and don’t have that need for others to change! Let God change that!
Matthew 7:17-18 (King James Version)
17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
Matthew 12:33 (King James Version)
33 Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.
Lets look at the root or the vine! Both are one in the same! The vine is an extension of the root and the branches are an extension of the vine!
Jesus is the root or vine as described in the scripture! Many places Jesus is referred to as the root!
John 15:5 Says, Jesus is the vine.
Isaiah 11:1 Refers to Jesus as the root.
Isaiah 11:10 Refers to Jesus as the root.
Isaiah 53:2 Refers to Jesus as the root.
Revelation 5:5 Refers to Jesus as the root.
Revelation 22:16 Jesus calls himself the root.
So, if we want good fruit we must have a good root! Jesus is the root of all goodness! Jesus is God’s representative of his kingdom. Jesus is the character of God! He is the root of David in the flesh and the very kingdom in the spirit!
Jesus said in John 15:5 that without him we can do nothing.
In Philippians 4:13 the scripture claims I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Now, No thing or all things! We have a choice!
In the scripture, the vine is referred to a fruit producing vine, one that has been tended and pruned! This is in opposition to a wild vine like a jungle vine!
John 15:4 states, Jesus is the fruit producing vine and we are the branches!
I want the fruit of the spirit that Jesus produces! We find these in Galatians 5: 22-23.
The branch bears the fruit it does not produce it! To bear fruit means to carry it or hold it up for others to see. For others to pick of it and taste of its goodness! We are the branches that hold up or display the fruit of the spirit. We hold up the (fruit) goodness and display the goodness of God so others may taste and see that the Lord is good!
John 15:4, Now, Jesus said to abide in him! The bible implies that if we abide somewhere we live there or reside there. A place of permanent or lasting residence. We live there through all our trials and temptations and continue in that same place through all of life good and bad! It is a place of refuge, shelter, peace, contentment, joy, etc. Our place of residence is where we share many of life’s best moments without loved ones! So, if we abide in Jesus we will find and share in all the fruit of the spirit! We have to be committed to him and stay through the struggle. Abide, abide in him!!
In John 15:1 Jesus said his Father is the Husband or Vinedresser. This is the owner of the vineyard! So, God the Father is the owner of the vineyard! He owns the vine and branches! They are his to do with as he pleases.
Let’s remember that the Old Testament is as much the bible as the New Testament! There are folks who say they only read the New Testament and that the old doesn’t have much meaning to them! This is a mistake. The Old Testament is full of Jesus! From Genesis to Revelation, the entire bible is about Jesus! We need to have a love for the entire bible!
Isaiah 5 1-7 Tells of a vineyard planted with a choice vine and then wild grapes coming up in it. He will tear down the hedge from around it and allow briars and thistles to come into the vineyard. God takes away the hedge of his word. Remember Job? Satan said God had him hedged about! When we abide in the vine we are under the hedge of Gods word!
The house of Israel is the vineyard and we have been grafted into this family of God!
What will happen to those who do not accept the son?
You have to have the good root! Jesus is the root!
Are you committed to Jesus?
Are you abiding in the vine (root)?
Are you committed to him?
Let us pray for revelation of the problem areas in our lives that keep us from abiding in the vine!
Lord, help us root out the bad roots and follow Jesus!
Lord, help us be Jesus followers and fruit keepers!
May we all be in the presence of our Lord and show the characters of the fruit of the spirit.
Be Blessed my friends!
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THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT LONGSUFFERING