Fruits of the Spirit In-depth Study and Application “Temperance & Self Control”

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” ~Galatians 5:22-23

Have you ever felt like you were over-indulging in something? Have you ever felt like you went too far in a situation? Maybe you looked back and thought, “Wow, I have really overdone it.” This is where a born-again child of God exercises temperance or self-control. Rather than over-indulging, you tell your appetite, enough is enough. Instead of pressing a matter or fighting to win the argument, you put on your brakes and say, “this is as far as I can go!”  Even better, you can curb your ambition enough to allow God’s will to take the driver seat. 

Temperance is an understanding of your limits and capabilities. Temperance knows your boundaries and sees that there are consequences, reactions, and side effects to your words, actions, and even the lack thereof. Hence, why it is so crucial to our lives. Can you imagine being outside in an ice-cold winter wanting to feel warmth so bad that you would literally jump into a fire? This sounds extreme, but without temperance, that is a probable action leading to the undesirable consequence of being burned. 

The Greek word for Temperance translates to self-control or mastering one’s self. Through the Holy Spirit, temperance positions the individual to establish dominion in his or her own life. In other words, we become aware of the power, authority, and wealth we have, and we operate from a position of longevity versus living for a moment or sensation. This is a byproduct of being truly connected to Christ, the True Vine. God gives you the ability to genuinely enjoy without the need to over-indulge or become gluttonous. 

Let’s pray!Father, in the name of Jesus I thank You for Your Holy Spirit giving me temperance and self-control. I repent for moving beyond Your will to unsuccessfully satisfy my own desires. I ask You to purge me of every ungodly craving and teach me to desire Your best that You have properly portioned for me. Establish dominion in my life for Your glory. I give You praise and I thank You for already answering in Jesus name, AMEN!

Fruits of the Spirit In-depth Study and Application “Gentleness & Meekness”

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” ~Galatians 5:22-23

When one thinks of gentleness, typically the implication is that something is soft or light. Gentleness is thought of as a nurturing or caring quality such as a mother to her baby. It can be synonymous with humility. Some would erroneously consider a person with a gentle personality as not strong, unable to handle pressure, or weak. However, I want you to consider another facet. One Greek word study describes meekness as displaying the right blend of force and reserve. Meekness avoids unnecessary harshness without compromising or being slow to use necessary force.

Meekness most simply be understood as skillfully exercising the strength of gentleness. Such is visible in Jesus Christ. He is the Lion of the tribe of Judah and yet He sacrificed himself as a meek and humble lamb. Jesus habitually turned over money changing tables and drove merchants out of the temple and likewise beckoned the disciples to let the children come to Him. Christ is the fulfillment of the Law and yet He told the woman caught in adultery, “I don’t condemn you, go and sin no more.” Jesus is the perfect example of gentleness and meekness. He had the authority and the right to punish mankind, but His love for us made Him our gentle redeemer.

When the Holy Spirit works in us, God’s love and compassion moves us to operate in meekness and gentleness. We are not just sensitive to the negatives or hurtful tendencies in others, we are sensitive to their needs. The Holy Spirit doesn’t make us foolish, careless, or gullible. Instead, the Holy Spirit makes us compassionate for the sufferings of the person next to us. Imagine the rough and tough kid who seems to always act out in school. Naturally, the child’s bad behavior gives a bad taste, but the fruit of the spirit should make us intuitive to see the child’s needs. Rather than writing a person off or passing judgement, gentleness and meekness causes us to produce the redemptive power of Christ in others.

Is God prompting you to be more gentle?  Is God highlighting someone who needs your kindness? Maybe you feel like you need more wisdom to exercise meekness. God want to produce that fruit in you.

Let’s pray!

Father God in Heaven, You are holy and righteous. I reverence your sovereignty and I am so grateful for your sensitivity to my needs. Thank you Lord for being my strong deliverer and my healer. I ask you this day to produce Your gentleness and meekness to the world through me. Let your wisdom lead me to those who need your gentle touch as I completely surrender to your work in me. I ask these things in the name of Jesus Christ, AMEN!

Fruits of the Spirit In-depth Study and Application “Faithfulness”

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” ~Galatians 5:22-23

Faithfulness is synonymous with loyalty, dedication, and commitment. Oxford defines being faithful as being constant, steadfast, and true. It reassures us of God’s promises and consistent presence in our lives. The prophet Jeremiah declares God’s faithfulness is great in Lamentations 3:31-23 (English Standard Version) for His steadfast love that never ceases and His mercies that never come to an end but are new every morning. 

Also, numerous times throughout the books of Psalm and proverbs, God’s faithfulness is praised in regards to His steadfast love. Thus, revealing our ability to trust God’s plans for us. Great is His Faithfulness! 

The Hebrew word for faithfulness “Emunah” appears 49 times in the Old Testament. It implies firmness, steadiness, fidelity, and continuous support. The New testament application of faithfulness has a slightly different application. In the Old Testament Hebrew, faithfulness is descriptive of God’s character. 

The New Testament Greek application speaks of our response to God’s surety. The Greek word “pistis,” refers to standing firm, being fully persuaded or completely sure. Think of it as being completely full of faith. The fruit of faithfulness is the ability to be sure of and stand firm on God’s sureness. What does this look like?

The root of your fruit is your faith. Where is your faith and trust? What and who are you choosing to believe? When you apply your trusting and believing to Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit which is living water according to John 7:38, strengthens and affirms your grip. You begin to take on God’s consistent nature. Psalm 1 says that you become like a healthy fruitful tree planted by the rivers whose leaves do not wither. Yes, faithfulness helps you to stand firm in commitment until your faithfulness produces results.

Have you been lacking faithfulness? Have you been lacking stability and consistency? It starts with making one decision and choosing that decision over and over again. Choose Jesus, sink your roots deep in His Holy scriptures. And watch the Fruit of the Spirit be abundant in your life!