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Fruit of the Spirit

fruit of the spirit 2Author’s Note: All scriptures are quoted from the King James Version unless otherwise noted. Explanatory insertions within a scripture are enclosed in brackets.

Colossians 3:2 says that we should “Set our affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” Affection refers to our mind or thoughts. As we set our thoughts on God’s Word, we will reap the benefits that come from believing and appropriating the blessings from God. If we focus on the things of the world, we will experience anxiety, stress, fear, and the negative emotions that come from heartache, disappointments, and challenges in life.

1 John 2:15-16

Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world.
If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
or all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust
of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is
of the world.

Negative Emotions

Because we are human beings, and not robots, all of us have experienced negative emotions at some time in our lives. The question is, how do we constructively deal with any negative emotions that crop up according to God’s Word? If unchecked and allowed to incubate and flourish, negative emotions can have a deleterious effect on our lives. In his book, Deadly Emotions, Don Colbert documents the link between negative emotions and its impact on the health of our bodies. As a medical doctor, Colbert cites a number of studies that link negative emotions with disease. The most damaging emotions are rage, unforgiveness, depression, anger, worry, frustration, fear, grief, and guilt. Harboring deep feelings of bitterness, anger, resentment, and jealousy yields specific consequences. Colbert argues that the deadly emotions of anger and hostility, resentment, bitterness, unforgiveness, self-hatred, and anxiety could trigger the deadly on-set of hypertension, coronary artery disease, autoimmune disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, panic attacks, tension and migraine headaches.

Fruit of the Spirit

Galatians 5:22-23 states, “the “fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” Manifesting the fruit of the spirit is not based on our sense knowledge reasoning or circumstances. Doing well on a final exam, going on a date with the man or woman of your dreams, getting that much sought after job that you applied for are based on circumstances. At any time, those circumstances can change in a heartbeat. Whereas, the fruit of the spirit is based on what God gave us, i.e., holy spirit, through Jesus Christ on the day of Pentecost.

When a person confesses Romans 10:9-10, he is born again of God’s holy spirit. It is by grace you are saved and “not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9). The gift of holy spirit is perfect, incorruptible and unchangeable. That gift is unique to you as an individual and is God’s perfect gift to you. In the Old Testament, men and women had holy spirit upon them. If an individual broke fellowship with God, that spirit could be removed from the individual. When David sinned against God and impregnated Bathsheba, a married woman, and had her husband Uriah killed on the battlefield, God sent Nathan to confront David’s sin. (2 Samuel 12:1-12). David pleaded to God, “Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy Holy Spirit from me” (Psalm 51:11). David, being a humble man, admitted his transgression and God was able to forgive him.

Grace Administration

In the Grace Administration which began on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2:1,  and which you and I currently live in, once you confess Romans 10:9-10 and are born again, you have spirit within you. Nothing can remove God’s incorruptible seed from you. Although you are born again, you are not automatically given a renewed mind to think Godly thoughts. Renewing your mind to God’s Word takes work. Discipline, faithfulness, and perseverance are important qualities to cultivate so that your thoughts are aligned with God’s Word, the Bible. Just as Jesus Christ always did the will of His Father, we endeavor to do the will of God by reading God’s Word, memorizing scriptures, and applying God’s Word in our lives. Once you are born again of God’s holy spirit, you have the privilege of learning how to operate nine manifestations of holy spirit. The nine manifestations include speaking in tongues, interpretation of tongues, prophecy, word of knowledge, word of wisdom, discerning of spirits, faith [believing], workings of miracles, and gifts of healings. How do we manifest the fruit of the spirit as described in Galatians 5:22-23? By keeping spiritual goals first.

God First

Mathew 6:33 states, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Everyone gives his allegiance to something in life; a job, a football team, another individual, money, prestige, power, position or fame. Why not sell out to God? When you seek God’s will for your life and place Him first, He will add to your life, never subtract from it. The blessings are bountiful. God will meet the desires of your heart as you trust in Him and put Him first in your life.

Forget the Past

Stockpiling negative emotions is not only dangerous to our health, but harboring negative emotions prevents us from believing and appropriating the blessings from God. The Apostle Paul eloquently wrote about the need to forget his past when he wrote the following passage:

Philippians 3:13-14

Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing
I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto
those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of
the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Prior to getting born again, Paul, whose original name was Saul, was an enemy of the Church. He beat up Christian believers, hauled them off to jail, and even consented to their death. His conversion occurred on the road to Damascus when he was witnessed to by Jesus Christ himself. Eventually, Saul, who became known as Paul, became a great apostle and witness for God (Acts 9:1-20).

Forgiveness

Part of “forgetting those things which are behind” involves forgiving yourself and others for words and actions that may have been done in the past. As much as we would like to, we cannot undo what has been done in the past. We can only learn from our mistakes, move on, and endeavor to do better now and in the future. Jesus Christ, while he was being crucified and dying at Calvary said, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34). If you have trouble forgiving someone for something that was done to you, just remember that Jesus Christ made the ultimate sacrifice so that we could have eternal life. He was able to forgive those who crucified him. “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin” (1 John 1:7).

Be Thankful

The importance of being thankful to God for all that He has blessed us with cannot be overstated. Through His Son, Jesus Christ, He has given us eternal life, the gift of holy spirit with nine manifestations, and over nine hundred promises in His Word that are available for us to claim on a daily basis.

Colossians 3:15-16

And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also
ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching
and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual
songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

Having an attitude of gratitude opens the door for God to bless you to a greater degree as you allow God’s Word to dwell deeply within your heart and manifest His love to others.

Summary

The fruit of the spirit is not based on circumstances. The fruit of the spirit is manifested via the gift of holy spirit that God freely gave to us by way of Jesus Christ on the day of Pentecost. In spite of the chaotic world that we live in, it is possible for us to manifest the fruit of the spirit of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith [believing], meekness, and temperance. As we put God first in our lives and allow the Word of God to dwell within us richly, we release the negatives of the past and are thankful to God for all that He has done for us through His Son Jesus Christ.   

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