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Fruits of the Spirit... Part 2

Goodness and kindness are very similar and go hand in hand with one another. Goodness presents the picture of someone being morally good. Kindness is when you generously express it. God displayed His goodness and kindness toward us when He sent His Son to die on that cross for OUR sins. Ephesians 4:32 tells it perfectly: “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” We must express the fruits of goodness and kindness in our everyday lives. Faithfulness is key in the life of a believer. Christian faithfulness is continued and consistent submission and obedience to the same Spirit and God who provides us with everything. Faithfulness simply means belief without doubt. With doubt, evil sees an opening. When aligned with the Spirit you learn to trust God wholeheartedly. Two scriptures help us understand the value of faithfulness. Psalms 33:4 “For the word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does.” This verse helps us know why we should be faithful; the Lord is always right and true, and so is His Word. Matthew 25:23, “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ This story, simply put, is about a servant doing what the master wanted and exceeding , now the master is overjoyed and will reward him for his faithfulness. When we are faithful to God, He acknowledges it, it is not in vain. God will always reward his most faithful servants. Gentleness is a beautiful attribute to have not just as a Christian but overall as a person. Gentleness is the grace of the soul. It is not weakness, but instead it is strength under control. “Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth” (2 Timothy 2:25) Finally the last fruit of the spirit mentioned, but most definitely not the least: Self-Control. God appreciates self-control immensely because it lets Him know that we aren’t easily moved by the world. We have to say no to the desires of the flesh. We have to make it our best effort to stay away from worldly things. James 1:19 says this “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry”. Also Titus 2:11 tells us this, “For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.” When rooted with the Holy Spirit we have control over ourselves against ungodliness.

All nine of the Fruits of the Spirit are greatly important in the life of a Christian. Without just one of them, you are LACKING. When we let the Holy Spirit move in our lives, take control and seek Him fully, we start to bear the fruit. This fruit will transform us not just spiritually but through every aspect of our lives. As believers and children of God at the end of the day we are expected to produce these fruits and encourage one another to tap into their Spirit to produce them as well. Amen!

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