Galatians 5:22-23 (Post 4)

In Galatians 5:22-23 Paul lists the nine characteristics of a Christ Follower who is living in the Spirit. They are called fruit, and every believer should demonstrate each one in their life. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control…..” Today we’ll look at the final three characteristics of the fruit of the Spirit. The seventh fruit is faithfulness which means loyalty to God and to His teachings, which should shape how we think and act. Faithfulness is translated from the Greek word ‘pistis’ which has the meaning of “trustworthiness or reliability”.

Barclay wrote “The idea is that the Spirit of God works faithfulness in us, both to God and to people. It is the characteristic of the man who is reliable.” faithfulness includes being full of belief and confidence in God and all that God promises. The foundation of faithfulness is obviously an unwavering faith in God and His Word. Morris explained it this way: “The ability to serve God faithfully through the years and through the temptations of life is not something we achieve by heroic virtue. It comes from the Spirit.” It requires we have a foundation of faith upon which the Spirit can build in us, but the Spirit helps us live that way.

The eighth fruit of the Spirit is gentleness. The word has the idea of being teachable, not having a superior attitude, not demanding one’s rights. It isn’t timidity or passiveness.  Barclay wrote “It is the quality of the man who is always angry at the right time and never at the wrong time.” Gentleness, also translated “meekness,” does not mean weakness. Rather, it involves humility and thankfulness toward God, and polite, restrained behavior toward others. Morris explained it this way: “It is important for the Christian to see that the self-assertiveness that is so much part of the twentieth-century life should not be valued highly. It is much better that each of us curtails the desire to be pre-eminent and exercises a proper meekness (or gentleness).”

The ninth and final fruit of the spirit is self-control. It is the ability to control oneself. It involves moderation, constraint, and the ability to say “no” to our baser desires and fleshly lusts. We often thing of self control as the self-disciple and denial someone will go through for themselves, but the self-control of the Spirit will also work on behalf of others. It’s not a self focused thing alone but like all of the qualities of the fruit of the Spirit, it has impact and implication upon the Body of Christ as well as the individual. One of the proofs of God’s working in our lives is the ability to control our own thoughts, words, and actions. Our fallen nature is under the influence of sin. Without the Spirit helping us live by self-control, we’ll fall to sin.

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