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The Fruit of The Spirit (Part 2)

Galatians 5:22-23

Galatians 5:16-25 (NIV)

[22] But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, [23] gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

INTRODUCTION:

What is your favorite drink? Imagine I gave you a large cup filled to the brim. You take a sip and say, “Ah that’s good!” What are you drinking?

What happens if as you take the next sip someone unexpectedly runs into you like a linebacker hitting a running back or a five year old jumping into your lap? Whatever was in the cup is now all over you (and on the carpet too)!

We all know whatever you put into the glass is going to come out if it is upset.

You and I are just like that cup filled to the brim. Whatever is on the inside will come out when we get upset too!

We may try to do “damage control” and cover up some of our spills, but the damage is already done. Like hot coffee our words have sometimes burned our family and friends. Like ice we have chilled relationships. Like grape or tomato juice we have left a stain that can’t be cleaned. Whatever is on the inside will come out!

God wants to change what is on the inside! God doesn’t want to leave us the way He found us.

 Bitterness and strife is replaced with forgiveness and love.

 Envy gives way to contentment.

 Fear becomes peace.

2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

When you accept Christ as your Savior the Holy Spirit comes to live within you. The Bible says we are the temple or dwelling place of the Holy Spirit. God made our hearts to be His home. When God makes our heart His home, He begins to redecorate! How many of you men have wives who have a need to redecorate your homes?

o God loves to decorate. God has to decorate. Let him live long enough in a heart, and that heart will begin to change. Portraits of hurt will be replaced by landscapes of grace. Walls of anger will be demolished and shaky foundations restored. God can no more leave a life unchanged than a mother can leave her child’s tear untouched.

It’s not enough for Him to own you; He wants to change you. Where you and I might be satisfied with a recliner and refrigerator, he refuses to settle for a dwelling short of a palace. After all this is His house. Now expense is spared. No corners are cut. “Oh, the utter extravagance of his work in us who trust Him” (Eph 1:19 MsgB). [Max Lucado, Just Like Jesus; page X introduction]

God wants your character to be His character; He really does want you to be just like Jesus. Again as Max says, “God loves you just the way you are, but He refuses to leave you that way. He wants you to be just like Jesus.” [Max Lucado, Just Like Jesus; page 3]

One of the best descriptions of the disposition, nature, and personality of Jesus is the fruit of the Spirit. Jesus loves; He is joyful. When you think of Jesus do you imagine Him fearful? No He is at peace. Jesus isn’t in a hurry but is patient. He is kind and good. Jesus isn’t harsh, but gentle, never fickle, but faithful and trustworthy. He won’t lose His temper but is in control of His emotions.


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commented on Dec 26, 2016

‘Londonderry Air’, also known as ‘Danny Boy’ is a wonderful, expansive tune and here is a set of words to it based on 1 Corinthians 13 – the love chapter. There is a progression through the four verses, asking that God should spur us on to seek ‘The Better Way’, having sought it to find it, and having found it, to choose it and to love it. If we could speak all tongues of earth and heaven but have not love our prophecy is vain; though every mystery to us is open to talk of love will be an empty claim. But love is swift to clear misunderstanding, love is not proud, insisting on display and love is rich in patient understanding: grant us, oh Lord of love to seek the better way. If we should give to others when we prosper but have not love, we fail the final test: if we should place our substance on the altar, our sacrifice, if boastful, is not blessed. For love is clean and clear in its intentions, lifts up its face to face the light of day, love is pure harmony without pretension: grant us, oh Lord of love to find the better way. If by our faith we make the mountains tremble but have not love, then nothing do we win: we are but noisy gongs or clanging cymbals condemned to sink to silence in the end. But love is always faithful in rejoicing, lifts up a song of hope that never fails love is a choir of perfect blended voices: grant us, oh Lord of love to choose the better way. When we were young we fought for worldly glory, but worldly ways in time all have to die. We see in part as in a mirror darkly and wait in hope for love's bright sun to rise. Faith, hope and love, these three remain our story but faith and hope will vanish in the day; as we await love's triumph in the glory grant us, oh Lord of love to love the better way.

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