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

“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

Often when we discuss the Fruits of the Spirit, we do not speak enough about kindness. Kindness is an important characteristic of Jesus’s nature. Titus 3:4-5 tells us that in His kindness, love and mercy, Jesus saved, washed, regenerated, and renewed us by the Holy Spirit. The psalmist declared in Psalm 63:3 that God’s loving kindness was better than life. This was all the reason he needed to praise the Lord. What does the fruit of kindness look like in our lives?

Kindness is defined as being good-natured, warm-hearted, considerate and generous. When we are connected to the true vine which is Jesus Christ, kindness helps abate our sinful inclinations and turns us toward good. God’s kindness removes our cold stony heart and gives us a warm heart of flesh. As we progress forward with this divine attribute and a pliable heart of flesh, our thoughts and actions are no longer self-centered. The Holy Spirit and the Word of God cause us to consider others’ needs even before our own. We are not to be a stingy people, but generous! Why is this so important?

C. H. Spurgeon gave a message from the Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit in the year 1873 saying, “No man can do me a truer kindness in this world than to pray for me.” Will you take time to pray or go out of your way for someone else? Christ at work in us thinks past ourselves, our ambitions, desires and our needs to intercede for another. Jesus says in Matthew 25:40, that what we do to the least: the hungry, the sick, the thirsty, the stranger, and/or the naked, we essentially do unto Him.

John Wesley summates in a 1915 letter: “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can (John Wesley(1915) “Rule of Conduct’ in ‘Letters’).

Let’s Pray!

Dear Heavenly Father, I consciously choose to abide every day in Jesus Christ, the True Vine. I repent of every unkind word, thought and deed that did not bring You glory in my life. I ask You to purge me of impurities so that the world can enjoy the fruit of kindness in my life. Thank you Dear Jesus for your redeeming and unfailing love! I yield to you Holy Spirit. Let your kindness in me wash, regenerate and renew others in the name of Jesus Christ,

AMEN!!!

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

“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

Throughout the new testament, the believer is encouraged to develop patience. It is synonymous with being steadfast or longsuffering. I want you to understand patience as maintaining your position and composure; not becoming restless or easily annoyed. Look at patience as withstanding any opposing force to your God-given peace. For example, James 1:2-3  tells us that we increase in patience or endurance when our faith is tried by life experiences. Paul echoes the same sentiment in Romans 5:3: “Our suffering produces strength or endurance to patiently wait for the promises of God.” Let us look at this more in detail.

Patience, as a fruit of the spirit, comes when you maintain a consistent diet of eating the Word of God. Psalm 1 tells us to meditate on His Word day and night. When we take the time to meditate, we allow the Word to process more deeply in our spirit. The very essence of the scripture will add value to our faith! In this process, we repeat or mutter the scriptures to ourselves. We are matured by the revelation and the application such that when the enemy arises, the Holy Spirit is able to stand for us and protect our peace in the matter.

An important area that we can apply the fruit of patience is in regards to our finances. God is faithful to us when we commit to tithing and sowing seeds to various causes. Meditate on these passages. Repeat them over and over. Pray with them. 

Malachi 3:9-11 “Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need. I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it will not destroy the fruits of your soil, and your vine in the field shall not fail to bear, says the Lord of hosts.”

Psalm 34:8-10 “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him! Oh, fear the Lord, you his saints, for those who fear him have no lack! The young lions suffer want and hunger; but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.

Let me pray for you!

Father, In Jesus name, I apply my faith to the promises of your Word with the expectation that you will yield more patience in me. I ask that your Holy Spirit holds me steadfast, firmly planted and unmovable. Let patience maintain your love joy and peace in me so that I may yield goodly fruit and draw others to taste Your goodness in Jesus name, Amen!

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

“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

The fruit of peace is so crucial in the life of a believer. Thayer’s Greek Lexicon refers to it as an exemption from the rage and havoc of war. That sounds a lot like what Jesus said in John 16:33. He said that in Him we have peace when in the world we have tribulation. In other words, when we abide in Christ, the True Vine, we bear the fruit of tranquility in tumultuous times (ref. John 15:4).

Hallelujah! Paul said in Philippians 4:7 that this peace, which is a gift from God, reaches past our finite wisdom and human reasoning and keeps our hearts and minds. Yes, it keeps us in good cheer according to John 16:33. We abound in the Joy of God’s protection! Let’s look at the fruit of peace in real life application. Mental and emotional warfare may manifest in the form of anxiety, depression, anger, mood swings. The enemy sends such attacks to hinder effective communication with family members, team mates, and co-workers. Warfare may be overthinking a situation or misreading body language. It could be a lack of focus or lack of accurate prioritizing and planning. All in all, The Enemy’s desire in all of these is to stop your growth, destroy your relationships and cancel your future.

However, when you are connected to Jesus Christ, you have access to the best counselor, consultant and coach: The Holy Spirit. Jesus called Him the Comforter in John 14:26 and John 15:26. Yes, the Holy Spirit or Spirit of Truth leads, guides, and keeps the truth before us. He keeps us centered in our identity and focused on our assignment. He keeps us aware of the enemy’s tactics and gives us strategies for winning. Hence, there is a  byproduct of divine peace within us!

Lets Pray! Father, in Jesus name, I thank you for your Holy Spirit. Thank you for releasing your truth into my life and producing peace within me. I receive that peace into my mind and heart right now. Holy Spirit of Truth, I ask you to lead me and guide me. I ask you to speak to me as I make decisions in this life. Make me a conduit of your peace:  a peacemaker so that others can eat of Your good fruit in Jesus name, Amen!   

More Scriptures

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” -Matthew 5:9

“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:7

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33

Don’t Get Bitter, But Better…

“I loathe my own life; I will give full vent to my complaint; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.”-Job 10:1

The story of Job has always spoken great volumes to me. There were seasons of my life that I struggled with bitterness towards God. I didn’t understand the bigger picture of God’s great plan. Instead of lamenting to God, I just vented and sat in my bitterness.

From a human perspective, Job had every reason to be bitter. He had done nothing wrong. God Himself recognized that “there is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, fearing God and turning away from evil” (Job 1:8).

Yet Satan argued that Job was not as “blameless and upright” as God claimed, and that everything would change if He would remove the hedge around him. When this hedge was removed, Job experienced the death of his children, the loss of possessions, and finally the deterioration of Job’s health.

Reacting with these challenges, Job became filled with bitterness. We can understand why he had this reaction, but also can see how this attitude impacted his entire approach toward life. His mind and heart were laced with bitterness. His soul was bitter, and he suddenly seemed to hate everything.

How easy it can be to react like Job, to allow the events of life to shape our thoughts and attitudes. To fall into a pattern dominated by bitterness or anger, doubt or betrayal. But bitterness can have a particularly painful impact.

The Bible warns us not to let any “root of bitterness” grow in our lives, and realize that this can poison us in many ways (Hebrews 12:15).

Today, we can learn from the example of people like Job. We can study the Bible and employ its powerful principles. We can apply the authority God has given to believers to resist our enemy. And we can call on God’s Spirit to change us and give us abilities we don’t have in ourselves.

As you face the challenges of life, ask God to help you stand on guard against the influence of bitterness. To fill you anew with His Spirit. To have a heart of forgiveness. To trust Him to take care of every need. To right every wrong.

Prayer:

Father, I commit these situations to You. I believe that You are working everything together for good. I trust in You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.