Galatians 5:22-24 (KJV)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
I have said for a long time that our service or obedience to the Lord is a choice. We are not forced to worship God but we are commanded to do certain things and live certain ways in order to live in His presence. It is learning to have a Kingdom mindset rather than clinging to the earthly values.
The fruit of the spirit is a list of fruit that the Holy Spirit produces in a person after they have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Now, this fruit will only grow on healthy, thriving limbs! In other words, these limbs must be a part of a lively vine full of life and vitality.
Limbs do not produce fruit but are the supporters of presenters of the fruit! All the life comes from the root of the vine! The fruit is produced by the life in the vine! We are the limbs that display the work of the root and life of the vine!
Temperance is enkrateia: self-control (especially continence)
Learning how to avoid the temptation of lust and extremes of society’s offerings of sin.
A Christian is to show self-control! Notice the term self! It is a choice we have to make then depend on God’s grace to enable “us” to walk in temperance! Just like all the other fruit, this is a choice we must make.
I heard a very anointed minister tell of how he had been addicted to pornography before he accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior but he continued to struggle with the desire to view porn.
He struggled with the desire for about 18 months after his conversion and was very concerned about his walk in the Lord because of it! He finally made the decision to talk to someone about it.
He approached a man he respected a great deal and knew the man was a Godly person who loved God and people with the love of Jesus!
After telling this individual about this desires and struggles with porn he expected some great words of wisdom and instruction in righteousness and maybe a prayer for faith or something! None of this happened!
The man of God simply looked at him and said, “Stop it, stop this stuff now” and went back to his business! What a revelation this is!
No great speeches, no lengthy prayers as we would expect from most religious people of the day! Just a command, “Stop it”. Do you see the simplicity?
Many of us have struggled with porn, lying, cheating, bitterness; the list goes on and on! We have all struggled with something! There comes a time we have to make a decision to “Stop it”. When we do, the grace of God will enable us to overcome our temptation or the sin that so easily besets us!
What makes us come to a point of saying “Stop it”? We have to get to a point that we hate the thing that is hindering us from the presence of God! When we learn to hate sin and love righteousness we discover the presence of God and find His grace!
In this, we can truly realize that God’s grace is sufficient. In the end, we must choose to love and follow God!
Temperance is a choice. If we lack this fruit we must learn to love God more than our faults. In this, we will find God’s grace sufficient to help us become a temperate people!
The fruit of the Spirit is the nature and character of God Himself! It is His character displayed in us! We are the voices, and hands of the creator!
Temperance gives us strength to say no! To just, “Stop It”. Temperance gives us power over Satan and his cohorts! When we through the power of God’s grace can learn to say no, we become powerful!
Virtue is strength and power! Remember when Jesus was touched by the woman with the issue of blood in Luke 8:46? Jesus turned around and said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me.
Power, strength, force, these are the definition of virtue! to overcome Satan we need power and strength and force that comes from God! Learning Temperance helps us to become overcomers!
If the world sees the church struggling in sin, unable to overcome the desires of this world, unable to say no to the lure of lust and constantly struggling, what part of that will be desirable to them? That is nothing new or different!
We are a called out people and are commanded to be holy for God is holy. We are commanded to be followers (imitators) of God. This means there is a practical side to holiness outside of our being made holy by the work of the cross! We walk out this holiness in the world so they see Jesus in us!
Having temperance is just part of the holiness of God and his character shown in us as His followers.
Meekness A fruit of the Holy Spirit
The fruit of Faith what is Spiritual Fruit
Spiritual fruit, the fruit of Goodness
The Fruit of the Spirit is Gentleness
THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT LONGSUFFERING
The Fruit of the Spirit Peace