Summary: A series on the fruits of the Spirit
Getting Fruit From The Garden of God
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B The fruit of the Spirit is not a new set of moral laws/codes that must be kept.
1 The fruit of the Spirit are the results of living, being led, and filled by the Holy Spirit of God.
a Jesus taught the guineense of His followers would be seen the fruit they display in their lives.
b Jesus said . . .
aa "You will know them by their fruits. Matt 7:16 (NASB)
bb "Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. John 15:4 (NASB)
2 The fruit of the Spirit is a spontaneous work of the Holy Spirit in us.
a If you are saved, you have the fruit of the Spirit.
aa All the Fruit, maybe to varying degrees, intensities . . . You have the fruit.
bb They are for ALL the saints! (Gifts vary, fruit is constant)
b The fruit of the Spirit is the very nature of God (love, joy, peace, patience, etc.)
C Human nature can not pull this fruit off . . . only the Holy Spirit can.
1 Let’s resume our process of getting fruit from the garden of God.
a We’ve looked at love, joy, peace.
(You started seeing someone and fell in LOVE, you had a JOYful wedding ceremony but you couldn’t wait to get to the reception to have a PEACE of cake . . .)
b Today, let’s go further.
(The cater was running late with the cake so you had to show some PATIENCE. As you waited, you decided to mingle with some of your KIN-dness. And as you turned to shake your Uncle’s hand you stepped right into a big pile of GOO-dness and got it all over your shoe.”
2 Let’s Pray
IV Patience (gk. Makrothumeo)
A Patience (slow to anger) is an attribute that is often used to describe the very character of God (cf. Num. 14.18; Ps. 86.15, 193.8; Is 48.9; Joel 2.13)
1 The two poles which constitute God’s patience are Wrath & Grace.
2 God is slow to anger/anger and that is what He wants His children to be too.
a Patiently God waited for 100 years before the flood (1 Peter 3.20)
b Patiently He waited for 40 years for an unfaithful generation to die in the wilderness (Num 14.18)
c Patiently Jesus allowed himself to be birthed, betrayed, accused of heresy, beaten, crucified.
d Patiently the Father waited 3 days until saying, “Arise, My love. The grave no longer has a hold on you!”
e Patiently the Lord is waiting for our family, friends, Chester, . . . maybe for you to come to repentance today (2 Peter 3.9)
3 Romans 2.4 warns us not to take His Patience for granted.
B Do you believe Jesus is coming back? Are you glad about it?
1 You’re glad because . . . you’re ready, not taken God’s patience lightly.
a There are billions who are not ready.
b Whether He comes or they go to Him . . . they’re not ready! “Just a little more time.”
2 For us, raptured/physical death, we’ll meet Him and we’ll say “What took you so long? It’s about time, Lord.”
a We know what we’ve earned, deserve . . .
aa We’ve earned . . .Wrath, judgement of hell, eternal death & separation.
bb He’s given . . . . . grace, mercy of heaven, eternal life and fellowship.
b That’s the patience of God!
aa Instead of killing me, striking me, punishing me, he showed self-restraint.
bb I provoked/earned His wrath . . . He put up with me to save me, because He loves me.
3 Patience is the opposite of rage, outbursts of anger, & short-tempers.
a It’s staying with people who have constantly wronged/irritated.
b It’s self-restraint in the face of provocation. (Turning the other cheek)
c It’s letting God take care of vengeance (Wishing blessing on those who oppose you.)
V Kindness (Gk. Chrestotes)
A Kindness is what God showed us that lead us to repentance.
1 God’s sweet disposition, compassion, tenderness.
a IL. Jesus at the Pharisee Simon’s house when a trashy woman broke her alabaster jar on the master’s feet. He was kind to Simon, woman.
b Matthew 11.28-29 Yoke is easy, burden light.
2 Kindness is an attitude/desire to treat others gently.
B Kindness is how the love of God in Christ in the heart of His children works itself out towards their neighbors.
1 Attitude . . .THE THING YOU ARE . . . Personality.
2 God has not (WILL NOT) put a fruit of bitterness, depression, anger, harshness, cynicism, sarcasm, paranoia, negativity, criticalness, meanness.