Series: Fruit of the Spirit
Sermon Series shared by James Westervelt
Number of Sermons in Series: 10
Scripture: Colossians 3:12-3:13, Galatians 5:22, Galatians 5:22-5:23, Hebrews 12:5-12:11, James 3:7-3:8, [more]
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What is "physical fruit"? "An outward evidence of the inward nature of the tree." (We know an apple tree is an apple tree because is produces apples). Likewise, if we are walking in the Spirit, we will evidence His inward presence.
Joy can be defined as: "Inner happiness, which is not dependent on outward circumstances." The O.T. word "simchah" means "gladness of heart," the NT word, "chara" means "inner delight."
To most people peace is simply "the absence of strife." If there are no wars, we say the world is at peace; or if we aren’t fighting with our neighbors, we have neighborhood peace. But peace in the scriptures is far more than that.
Scripture: Galatians 5:22
It is our natural inclination to be impatient with people - to get angry at them for the things they do which displease us, to fly off the handle when they say or do something against us, to express great displeasure when they do things the wrong way.
Kiwi is an under-rated fruit: fuzzy on the outside, sweet and tangy on the inside. Kindness is one of the most under-rated fruit of the Spirit.
I’ve chosen the strawberry to represent self-control, because it is one fruit that I find very difficult to control myself in eating.
Tags: Christian Disciplines
This is what Biblical meekness is all about: "Strength under control," "being unoccupied with self and genuinely concerned for God and others." It is the exact opposite of "self-assertiveness" and "self-interest."
I’ve chosen a pear to represent goodness, because kindness and goodness are a "pair." Kindness and goodness go "hand-in-hand."
In order to have a maximum yield, grape vines need lots of sunlight, just the right amount of rain, and pruning at the right time....Since chastening and pruning are both painful, how can we distinguish between them?
The Holy Spirit is not interested in producing a bunch of grapes with one big, fat grape and eight little, tiny grapes; but He wants us to grow in all nine characteristics simultaneously.