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BE FRUITFUL In The Spirit, Part III
A Story of Being Fruitful
What does it mean to be fruitful in the Spirit?
1 Corinthians 1:9
1 Thessalonians 5:24
2 Timothy 3:1-5
How can I be fruitful in the Spirit?
2 Peter 1:1-8
As you read at the beginning of this section, there are key ingredients for
seeing the fruit of faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control produced in
your life. These are daily living and walking in the Holy Spirit and daily
consuming the Word of God. There is also a climate for them - a
crucified life, humility and the right community of believers.
1 Life Book Volume 2, Shibley/Evrist, Global Advance Resources, p.37
2 Life Book Volume 2, Shibley/Evrist, Global Advance Resources, p.37
3 Life Book Volume 2, Shibley/Evrist, Global Advance Resources, p.37
4: Proverbs 27:17
2 Timothy 2:20-24
The Memorizing of Scripture
Here are some additional readings for you as you are fruitful in the Spirit:
Our need is not to prove God’s faithfulness but to demonstrate our own,
by trusting Him both to determine and to supply our needs according to
The MacArthur New Testament Commentary on Matthew 1-7, Mood, 1985, p.95
We are to reflect Christ in all that we say and do. And the Christ of
Scripture is the humble, suffering servant who, in spite of great
opposition, false accusations, and public ridicule, remained faithful to the
Appointed to Preach, David W. Hegg, Christian Focus Publications, 1999, p.70
The world defines success in terms of what a person possesses, controls,
or accomplishes. God defines success in terms of faithful obedience to His
Reprinted from The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict, Ken
Sande, Baker Books, 3d ed., 2004, p.253
Both gentleness and meekness are born of power, not weakness. There is
a pseudo-gentleness that is effeminate, and there is a pseudo-meekness
that is cowardly. But a Christian is to be gentle and meek because those
are Godlike virtues… We should never be afraid, therefore, that the
gentleness of the Spirit means weakness of character. It takes strength,
God’s strength, to be truly gentle.
The Practice of Godliness, Jerry Bridges, NavPress 1996, p.181-182
Galatians 5:22-26 Message
“But what happens when we live God's way? He brings gifts into our
lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like
affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a
willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a
conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find
ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in
life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely. Legalism is helpless in
bringing this about; it only gets in the way. Among those who belong to
Christ, everything connected with getting our own way and mindlessly
responding to what everyone else calls necessities is killed off for good—
crucified. Since this is the kind of life we have chosen, the life of the
Spirit, let us make sure that we do not just hold it as an idea in our heads
or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out its implications in every detail
of our lives. That means we will not compare ourselves with each other as
if one of us were better and another worse. We have far more interesting
things to do with our lives. Each of us is an original”
Galatians 5:22-26 Message
"Great is Thy faithfulness," O God my Father,
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not
As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.
"Great is Thy faithfulness!" "Great is Thy faithfulness!"
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided—
"Great is Thy faithfulness," Lord, unto me!
Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above,
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.
Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
Thy own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!
Great is Thy Faithfulness, William Marian Runyan, Hope Publishing Co., 1923 & 1951
Confidentiality is a virtue of the loyal, as loyalty is the virtue of
www.brainyquote.com, Edwin Louis Cole
Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength.
www.brainyquote.com, Saint Francis de Sales
Industry, thrift and self-control are not sought because they create wealth,
but because they create character.
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The following are not quotes from the disciples handbook, but they could be, because they help. (Rick Livermore - Yachtsman220)
5:22, 23 It is significant that the apostle distinguishes between the works of the flesh, and the fruit of the Spirit. Works are produced by human energy. Fruit is grown as a branch abides in the vine (John 15:5). They differ as a factory and a garden differ. Note that fruit is singular, not plural. The Holy Spirit produces one kind of fruit, that is, Christlikeness. All the virtues now listed describe the life of the child of God. Dr. C. I. Scofield has pointed out that every one of them is foreign to the soil of the human heart.
Love is what God is, and what we ought to be. It is beautifully described in 1 Corinthians 13, and told out in all its fullness at the cross of Calvary. Joy is contentment and satisfaction with God and with His dealings. Christ displayed it in John 4:34. Peace could include the peace of God as well as harmonious relations among Christians. For peace in the life of the Redeemer, see Luke 8:22–25. Longsuffering is patience in afflictions, annoyances, and persecutions. Its supreme example is found in Luke 23:34. Kindness is gentleness, perhaps best explained in the attitude of the Lord toward little children (Mark 10:14). Goodness is kindness shown to others. To see goodness in action, we have but to read Luke 10:30–35. Faithfulness may mean trust in God, confidence in our fellow Christians, fidelity, or reliability. This latter is probably the meaning here. Gentleness is taking the lowly place as Jesus did when He washed His disciples’ feet (John 13:1–17). Self-control means literally holding oneself in, especially regarding sex. Our lives should be disciplined. Lust, passions, appetites, and temper should be ruled. We should practice moderation. As Samuel Chadwick points out:
In newspaper English the passage reads something like this: the fruit of the Spirit is an affectionate, lovable disposition; a radiant spirit and a cheerful temper; a tranquil mind and a quiet manner; a forbearing patience in provoking circumstances and with trying people; a sympathetic insight and tactful helpfulness; generous judgment and a big-souled charity; loyalty and reliableness under all circumstances; humility that forgets self in the joy of others; in all things self-mastered and self-controlled, which is the final mark of perfection. How striking this is in relation to 1 Cor. 13!
Paul closes this list with the cryptic comment: “Against such there is no law.” Of course not! These virtues are pleasing to God, beneficial to others, and good for ourselves. But how is this fruit produced? Is it by man’s effort? Not at all. It is produced as Christians live in communion with the Lord. As they gaze upon the Savior in loving devotion, and obey Him in daily life, the Holy Spirit works a wonderful miracle. He transforms them into the likeness of Christ. They become like Him by beholding Him (2 Cor. 3:18). Just as the branch derives all its life and nourishment from the vine, so the believer in Christ derives his strength from the True Vine, and is thus able to live a fruitful life for God.
MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments (A. Farstad, Ed.) (Ga 5:22–23). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.