Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. KJV
But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Here there is no conflict with the law. NLT
Somehow the writer of Galatians slowly came to an understanding of who God is, and he skillfully displays God before the people without saying out loud that this is “who God is.”
He talks about the fruit of the Spirit—he understands that God is Spirit and they that worship him must worship him in Spirit and in truth, he understands that. (John 14:27) He also understands that if these things he talks about as being fruit of the Spirit comes out of God, then God must possess them in himself, and they must be a part of him, and who he is—and if that is so, then they are a part who God is.
The writer of Galatians lays out the fruit of the Spirit and you will note that he does not say fruits, but fruit, they are all part of the eternal whole, he starts with love—love grows out of compassion—you will notice that in the entire New Testament that it never say that Jesus felt sorry for anyone, but that he had compassion on people, and compassion moved him to intervene in the lives of those who were suffering from the evil one.
I think I told you that God has no feelings and emotions—so the word does not say that Jesus felt sorry for anyone, sorrow is a feeling, is an emotion—the word always say that he had compassion on people and compassion moved him to action.
Now compassion is a state of being that God always resides in, and compassion makes him a part of who you and I are, and we are a part of who he is—he is a part of who you are, if you lack compassion there is a separation between you and God, and separation from God is hell, in the eternal whole he (God) is experiencing what you are experiencing along with you as you experience it—the only difference is that he can do something about what you are experiencing and you may not be able to do anything about it—but it is not feelings that cause him to move, but compassion.
Then the writer moves on to joy, joy is a part of who God is, God is so full of joy that he has enough for himself and for all the billions of people in the earth, plus all the host of heaven, joy just flows out of his being—Peace: Jesus talked about that peace that passes all understanding—peace was the one thing he left his disciples—he said, Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you, let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid John 14:27—this was his bequest unto them all—peace of mind is the dearest possession for all of us—one is outside of the eternal whole and the state of being of God and cannot be right with God if they do not have peace of mind—peace is our reality check.
Longsuffering: if God did not have longsuffering he would have wiped humankind out, and he would have wiped out the devil and those fallen angels with him a long time ago.
Longsuffering goes along with gentleness, I have found that there is gentleness, and that there is great gentleness, God has great gentleness, he is more gentle than a new born baby, he is super caring, and that flows on into goodness, if one is longsuffering, and gentle along with it, then they are perfect in their caring for others—God is perfect in his caring for us—his caring flows out of his goodness.
The world has made us skeptical about this business of being gentle: we see so many displays of power and brute force, and we see how people take advantage of our gentleness, so we have come to the place so to speak, where we hold the bible in one hand and a sword in the other.
This next fruit causes us to often stumble: Meekness, Nelsons Bible Dictionary say: although “meekness may look similar to weakness” they are not the same. Weakness is due to negative circumstances, such as lack of strength or courage.
But meekness is due to a person’s conscious choice; it is strength and courage under control, coupled with kindness. The last of the fruit is temperance; temperance is self-control of both one’s body and one’s spirit.
Most of us fail at this point, we fail at temperance—somewhere along the way we lost self control of the body, we allowed sensual desires to creep in, and visions of material comforts to blind us—and these things impacted our spirit so that we no longer live in the same state of being as God and the host of heaven.
When you put these fruit of the Spirit together you arrive at who God is—our problem is that we think that because they are gifts of the Spirit we only need one or two of these fruit in order to be saved—but the truth is that we need all of them—they are the mirror in which we look to see and compare ourselves with Who God is.
Now the writer of Galatians closes the 23rd verse with these words. Here there is no conflict with the law. NLT—against such there is no law.KJV
As I told you earlier this morning, God’s law and his word shall never pass away—here it is again: the law of God is his word, and it shall never pass away—but if you receive the fruit of the Spirit you will become a part of who God is, because the same attributes that are in God are also in you.
I don’t know about you, but as for me, I am short some of the fruit of the Spirit, so I must stay on the battle field until they are all mine, and I am fully a part of who God is.
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