But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, ….. self-control; against such things there is no law (Gal. 5:22-23 ESV) Self-control is a gracious fruit of the Spirit. It might not be one of the “popular ones” you will often hear about, but its absence in a person’s character cannot be missed, even for
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Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant (1 Cor. 13:4 ESV) 1 Corinthians 13 has been appropriately labeled the chapter of love. It gives us the characteristics of what God calls love. One such trait given to us is that love is kind. A kind person is
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption (Eph. 4:30 ESV) The word “grieve” as used in the text above means to “cause to feel sorrow or unhappiness.” The scripture urges us not to grieve the Holy Spirit because He indeed can be grieved.
Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright (Ps. 33:1 KJV). Rejoicing is simply exercising joy! It is joy in demonstration. The scripture above tells us that the righteous ones should express their joy in the Lord. The Bible teaches that the joy of the Lord is joy that
For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost (Rom. 14:17 KJV). What is the kingdom of God? The scripture above defines it for us: it is the reign of God’s righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit! The word “reign” means to
And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savour (Eph. 5:2 KJV). The believer’s walk of love is the epitome of Christian maturity and Christlikeness. God is love, and when His nature is fully immersed in
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness… (Gal. 5:22 ESV). Patience is a fruit of the Spirit manifested in our lives. We bear fruit as we allow the Spirit of God to take control of our character, and produce godly virtues. This is God’s expectation, as we grow and mature