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Memorization Scripture – Galatians 5:22-23

by on June 1, 2012

The following is compiled by Helen Westberg

Galatians 5:22-23   22)   But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23)   gentleness, self-control.  Against such there is no law.

These virtues are characterized as fruit in contrast to “works.”  Only the Holy Spirit can produce them, and not our own efforts.  Another contrast is that, whereas the works of the flesh are plural, the fruit of the Spirit is one and indivisible.  One fruit nine characteristics.  When the Spirit fully controls the life of a believer, He produces all of these graces.  The first three concern our attitude toward God, the second triad deals with social relationships, and the third group describes principles that guide a Christian’s conduct.  The Holy Spirit will bring growth in character.

All that grows automatically in most gardens are weeds.  If fruit is desired, it must be cultivated.  We have to work at the fruit of the Spirit.   The power of the Holy Spirit in us makes the fruit available, we must pick it.  We either pick the flesh or we pick the fruit.  We have to cultivate the fruit of the Spirit in our life.

Love:  A sentiment based on judgment and adulation, which selects its object for a reason.  Referring not to an emotional affection, physical attraction, or a familial bond, but to respect, devotion, and affection that leads to willing self-sacrificial service.  An intense desire to please God.

Joy:  A happiness based on unchanging divine promises and eternal spiritual realities.  It is the sense of well-being experienced by one who knows all is well between himself and the Lord.  Joy is not the result of favorable circumstances, and even occurs when those circumstances are the most painful and severe.  Joy is a gift from God, and as such, believers are not to manufacture it but to delight in the blessing they already possess.

Peace:  The inner calm that results from confidence in one’s saving relationship with Christ.  The verb form denotes binding together and is reflected in the expression “having it all together.”  Like joy, peace is not related to one’s circumstances.

Long-suffering:  Patience which refers to the ability to endure injuries inflicted by others and the willingness to accept irritating or painful situations, without murmuring or resentment.

Kindness:  Tender concern for others, reflected in a desire to treat others gently, just as the Lord treats all believers.  This is true politeness; a kind of politeness which can far better be learned in the school of Christ than any other learning institution; by the study of the New Testament than under the direction of the dancing master.

Goodness:  Moral and spiritual excellence manifested in active kindness.  Believers are commanded to exemplify goodness.

Faithfulness:  Loyalty and trustworthiness.  The divinely implanted, acquired and created principle of inward and wholehearted confidence, assurance, trust, and reliance in God and all that He says.  The attribute of God and restored faculty of man whereby both can bring into existence things that are unseen.

Gentleness:  Better translated “meekness.”  It is a humble and gentle attitude that is patiently submissive in every offense, while having no desire for revenge or retribution.  It is the opposite to self-assertiveness and self-interest.  It stems from trust in God’s goodness and control over the situation.  The gentle person is not occupied with self at all.  This is a work of the Holy Spirit, not of the human will.  In the New Testament, it is used to describe three attitudes:  submission to the will of God, teachability, and consideration of others.

Self-control:  This is the virtue of one who masters his desires and passions, especially his sensual appetites.  It comes from the Greek kratos, “strength.”  In the King James Version, self-control is temperance.  Temperance is a word used for the strengthening of iron or metal.  When you temper metal, you heat it up and then you cool it real fast, and heat it up and cool it real fast.  Those extreme changes, change the metabolic structure of that metal and create a hardness in it.  That’s what temperance does for us.  The heat of God met with the coldness of sin around us tempers us and makes us stronger.

No law:  When a Christian walks by the Spirit and manifests His fruit, he needs no external law to produce the attitudes and behavior that please God, nor does any law prohibit these distinctly Christian qualities.  Law only condemns sin, not righteousness.

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  1. ampysuarez permalink

    Hi Helen, I just preached a series on the Fruit of the Spirit during Chapels at the ranch and I kept coming across (like you stated) that these can not be obtained by “works” but are produced through the Holy Spirit in us. These fruits are evident in us ONLY through the Holy Spirit. I’m going to share what the Lord showed me through reseaching His word and what others had written: I wanted the kids to walk away with a sentence they could think of each week as we went forward and one to review as we looked back at the previous week. 1 Corinthians 13 tells us that Love is Patient and Kind…Never gives up (Longsuffering) all which are fruit of the Spirit. I read that “Joy is the evidence of God’s presence in our lives” but Happiness depends on what HAPPENS to us. Joy comes from deep inside of us, from our relationship with God, it transends events in our lives. Three (3) kinds of Peace God has for the Christian believer: Upward (with God), Inward (of God), Outward (with each other). “Patience is a calm endurance based on the certain knowledge that God is in control.” Kindness is love serving. To serve others requires action! “Goodness is doing the right thing for the right reason.” Faithfulness means you follow through with your commitments regardless of what it costs. “Faithfulness is love hanging on.” When you think about Gentleness, think about power under control, anger under control, our emotions under God’s control. Self-control is that great quality which comes to a man when Christ is in his heart, that quality which makes him able to live and to walk in the world, and yet to keep his garments unspotted from the world.

    I learned so much by preparing these sermons…wanted to share.

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