Monday, May 7, 2012

Fruit of the Spirit Essay

The Bible says that we will know other believers by their "fruit." but what are "fruit" Are they Kiwi? How about an grape, strawberry, or Banana?
Well in Galatians it says But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

But what does these verses mean? Is love that feeling you get when you see a cute guy and your heart goes pitter patter? Is joy always getting to go new places. Peace having nobody want to kill you? No, that is worldly Love, joy and peace but that is not the spiritual fruit that he was talking about. So what are the true fruit?

Love: The Love Paul is talking about here is the "Agape" love. This is an unconditional love. Nothing can stop it you can kill the person and he will still love you.

Joy: This is a never ending joy. It is the ability to be joyful even in the worse of circumstances.

Peace: This is the ability to be content no matter what. I had this happen in my life some years back a Hurricane was coming through and my mother kept on begging my father to take us to my grandparents' brick home instead of our trailer. Dad said no because he had a peace of not going unlike what we normally did for bad storms. Boy were we glad that he did. Seven of my grandparent's big pine trees fell two of them inches from the house and one on top of it. "YIKES."

Patience: This is the ability to be be able to wait calmly for others for extended periods of time.

Kindness: This is the ability to be kind to all. Even when they do not deserve it. This is what my father calls baking bread for your enemy.

Goodness: This is being good even when you are the only one doing it. A prime example is the story of Shadrack, Meshack and Abindigo.

Faithfulness: This is being Faithful in all things. If we say we are going to do something we do it.

Gentleness: This is the ability to hold our temper and not lash out at people. Yes I know it is hard nobody is perfect.

Self control: Self control is the ability to tell yourself no. This I think is the hardest to overcome here in the US with as much wonderful items as there are it is hard to stop at just one piece of chocolate. It is difficult not to just buy, buy, buy. But for a Christian this should be an item.

So these are the fruit of the spirit, now lets lean how to practice them as a people and learn to spot them in our selves as well as others. Now I know nobody is perfect that is why we are not to judge them by their fruits. We will simply know them. It is God's pace to judge what is in some one's heart. although if we see a sin in a friend we are to point it out gently and calmly. Remember to take the beam out of your own eye before you take the speak of dust out of your friend's.

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