Category: Holy Spirit

SELF-CONTROL – Fruit of the Spirit

Galatians 5:23 NKJV
But the fruit of the Spirit … self-control.

Self-control is an important quality that should be part of the character of any human being. The Greek word for self-control is “egkrateia”, which means having command or “mastery over” , or possession of, “one’s own behavior.”
Without self-control, people give in to all sorts of temptations from the devil and become easily led to act more out of feeling and emotion rather than to act according to the word of God.

The Holy Spirit is able to teach us and help us to have self-control is our daily lives. Sometimes we need to control our anger; our attitude; our thoughts; our emotions and our actions on a daily basis.
We must understand that we are responsible for our own actions.

2 Timothy 3:1-6
But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!

Paul writes that in the last days people will be “without self-control”. Clearly a person who does not have self-control is a person who does not submit to rules and to the authority of God. For without self-control, chaos reigns in the life of a person.

The self-control that is the fruit of the Holy Spirit has the following attributes

  1. This kind of self-control comes from the Holy Spirit and is dependent on the Spirit of God
  2. This kind of self-control recognizes that God is in authority and submits to the will and word of God
  3. This kind of self-control has actions and reactions that glorify God. It is not self-centred.
  4. This kind of self-control does not only rely on emotions and feelings alone.
  5. This kind of self-control allows the Holy Spirit to control every area of a person’s life from the mental, spiritual to their physical state.

2 Peter 1:5-7 NKJV
But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.

Clearly for a person to grow spiritually, one of the virtues that a person must have is self-control. Many great men have fallen because they lacked self-control. Perhaps they committed adultery or they could not control their temper.

TODAY. Pray for the Holy Spirit to teach you to exercise self-control.

GENTLENESS – Fruit of the Spirit

Galatians 5:22-23 AMP
But the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is Gentleness (meekness, humility)

Gentleness in the Greek, “prautes”, commonly known as meekness or humility is a virtue of God. It is a fruit of the Holy Spirit that is available in our lives through the Holy Spirit.

Gentleness is not about being a “soft” person whom people can push around, bully and exploit.

 

The fruit of Gentleness means the following:

  1. You are submissive and obedient to the will of God
  2. You are meek and humble. Therefore you are not governed by pride in your attitude towards life and towards other people.
  3. You have a balanced and modest opinion of yourself. You see yourself through God’s eyes. You do not see yourself as being “better” than somebody else.
  4. You are always conscious that God must be glorified in all that you do. You are not boastful, but you realize that every good thing in your life is because of God and not because of your own effort alone.

Titus 3:1-2 NKJV
Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men.

Paul writes that we are to show “ALL humility to ALL men”. Gentleness / Humility is therefore is an important attribute to have in our relationships. It is very easy in our different interactions with people to be very boastful and conceited. Therefore whenever we are not humble, we give room to pride, which will then lead us to have a wrong and ungodly opinion of ourselves and of others.
1 Peter 5:5 says “…and be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”
Therefore put on humility as a virtue wherever you go and with whomever you interact with.
Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you and remind you and instill in you the virtue of gentleness / humility.

Philippians 2:8-9
And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name,

Even Jesus humbled Himself. While He was in human form, He had great power, great authority, great influence and yet He showed great humility in His relationships and in the way He behaved.
God wants us to show humility even when we have power and authority. God wants us to use our influence and authority to His glory and to submit to His will.

TODAY. Show gentleness; show humility.

 

FAITHFULNESS – Fruit of the Spirit

Galatians 5:22 NKJV
But the fruit of the Spirit is … faithfulness

How committed are you to what you believe in? Are you steadfast and firm in the word of God?
Are you committed your relationships?

Faithfulness requires that we be committed. It is part of God’s quality and character and the Lord desires that His children be committed and faithful to Him and to His word.

2 Timothy 2:13 NKJV
If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself.

Even when we don’t have faith in God or in His word, God will always remain faithful to His teachings and to His principles. Whatever God promises do to – He WILL do it. God does not change. His word does not return to Him void.
However, being faithful and committed is not always easy. Nevertheless God desires that we be faithful.

Therefore what are some of the attributes of one who walks in faithfulness to the things of God?

  1. Recognize that it’s not all about you. Realize that you serve a higher purpose and a higher Being than just yourself. Therefore when you make a decision to follow God, be committed to God. (Matthew 16:24-25 : Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me”)
  2. God must be the author of your life and of your faith. You must also fix your eyes on the Lord (Hebrews 12:2 : Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.)
  3. We must know who our rewarder is. When we keep the faith or remain faithful, God is the one who rewards us ultimately. Not man. (Hebrews 11:6 : But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him).
  4. You must always realize that God is faithful to keep His promises. (Hebrews 11:11-12 : By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised.)
  5. Be faithful even in the LITTLE things. (Matthew 25:21 : His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord”)
  6. Be faithful with other people’s property. (Luke 16:10-12 : He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much. Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? And if you have not been faithful in what is another man’s, who will give you what is your own?) 
  7. Be led by the Holy Spirit, because faithfulness is a fruit of the Spirit.

TODAY. Allow the Holy Spirit to help you to continually be faithful.

 

GOODNESS – Fruit of the Spirit

Galatians 5:22 NKJV
But the fruit of the Spirit is … goodness,

It is God’s desire that we become good people through His Son Jesus. After all, when God created Man, before Man sinned in the Garden of Eden, God saw that Man was good. When God created the entire earth and all the creatures, God saw that all that He had created was good.
God is full of goodness, therefore only good can come from Him.

Genesis 1:31 NKJV
Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day

Goodness comes from the Greek word “ agathosune”, and can be defined as To be desired or approved of; That which is morally right or excellent; righteousness; best part of anything; Essence; Strength; kindness

This type of Goodness has the following attributes

  1. Goodness is a virtue of God
  2. We can have the quality of goodness inside us through the Holy Spirit. (Ephesians 5:9 :for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth)
  3. This type of Goodness does not discriminate; (Luke 6:33: “And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same.”)
  4. Goodness comes first from inside of us and is motivated by the desire to please God; (Luke 6:45 : A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good…)
  5. This type of Goodness is genuine. It cannot be faked or counterfeited; it is not hypocritical (Matthew 6:1 :”Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven”)
  6. This type of goodness is NOT self-made but it is God made through Christ in us. We cannot go to Heaven or please God based on our own effort or our own goodness. It is only through the goodness and grace of God through Christ in us. (Ephesians 2:8-10 :For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. )
  7. This type of goodness leads people to repentance. (Romans 2:4: Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?)

Matthew 7:18-20 NKJV
A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them.

The fruit of Goodness comes to us through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in our lives. God is good. Therefore we need God by His Spirit to teach us to be good not only for ourselves, but also for others.

TODAY. Be good, just as God is good.

KINDNESS – Fruit of the Spirit

Galatians 5:22 NKJV
But the fruit of the Spirit is … kindness,

Kindness is defined as having or showing a friendly, generous, and considerate nature.
I personally like to define it as compassion in action.
Kindness is acting for the good of people whether the people deserve it or not and without particularly judging them.

Matthew 14:14-15 NKJV
And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick.

Jesus always acted out of love for the good of others. His love and compassion for people caused Him to act in kindness towards people even if they didn’t deserve it.
We live in a world where people’s love for one another has grown cold. People have become more selfish, more greedy, more stingy and more self-centred.

When Jesus went about healing and helping all those who needed Him, Jesus did not judge the people, nor decide whether the people deserved His help or not. Jesus would see a need and then He would meet it.

Matthew 5:45-46 NKJV
… for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.

God’s kindness does not discriminate. Everyone needs God whether they know it or not. God continues to provide people’s needs whether people love Him or not.

The word kindness comes from the Greek word chrestotes (khray-stot-ace). Anyone who demonstrated this quality of chrestotes was considered to be compassionate, considerate, sympathetic, humane, kind, or gentle.

The Holy Spirit is able to help us to show kindness to others as kindness is an attribute and characteristic of God.

TODAY. Allow the Spirit of God to help you to demonstrate kindness to others.

 

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