Rev. Jonathan Latham

Rev. Jonathan Latham

Galatians 5:22-26

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such, there is no law.”

The Apostle Paul wrote in his letter to the Galatians that those who know Christ exhibit specific characteristics that are common to all believers. Just as apples naturally grow from apple trees, these traits naturally occur in those whom the Holy Spirit of God has indwelled. These attributes make Christians a peculiar people because God Himself alters their nature. Consider the following tendencies of those who are true believers in Christ:

Love — This God-given characteristic is not self-generated but is produced in the Believer by the Holy Spirit. Loving obedience to God, fellowship with other believers, and an active desire to see the lost saved are evidence of its reality.

Joy – This quality transcends mere happiness. Joy is a part of the Christian attitude, no matter what the circumstances of life may bring. Like Gold refined by fire, it is through the furnace of life’s trials that this trait shines brightest.

Peace – A sense of harmony, tranquility and welfare, often evidenced by a lack of strife and a desire for reconciliation in relationships; such peace only comes with an initial reconciliation with the Holy God through Jesus Christ.

Longsuffering – Acting with patience and courage (both internal and external control) under challenging circumstances is now more natural to the Believer.

Gentleness – True Christians have an innate readiness to show kindness, mercy and grace to all people. This characteristic is a true reflection of Jesus mirrored by his children.

Goodness – This attribute is firmly based on God’s view of goodness, as shown in the Scriptures. A desire to please God and bless others is evidence of this fruit.

Faith – Those who, by the Grace of God, have been saved through faith receive sustaining faith. Such faith provides Believers with an ability to have unwavering confidence in God’s love, care and Holy Word. This attribute directs how they are to live.

All Christians produce the fruit of the Spirit; however, some tend to keep it close to themselves. Since hidden fruit is helpful to no one, God wants the fruit of the Spirit to fall far from the tree. Sadly, a lack of any fruit is a clear indication of lostness. Salvation by Jesus Christ is the only way one can bear authentic Spiritual Fruit.

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