The Fruit of the Spirit

Written by Stephen Kingery

There are those who claim to be "Real Christians" because they claim to speak in tongues, heal people, or have some other supposed gift. Then there are those who put onrepparttar air of being a "Super Christian" because of their following; such as some ofrepparttar 141103 television evangelists. But neither of these is what real Christianity - being a true follower of Christ and His teachings - is all about. The apostle Paul tells us in no uncertain terms how to identify a real Christian. "Butrepparttar 141104 fruit ofrepparttar 141105 Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self- control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ's have crucifiedrepparttar 141106 flesh with its passions and desires. If we live inrepparttar 141107 Spirit, let us also walk inrepparttar 141108 Spirit." (Galatians 5:22-25) A true Christian is one who "walks inrepparttar 141109 Spirit" and hasrepparttar 141110 fruit ofrepparttar 141111 Spirit manifested in their lives.

So, what exactly is each element ofrepparttar 141112 fruit ofrepparttar 141113 Spirit? Notice first thatrepparttar 141114 word fruit in Galatians 5:22 is singular - not plural. We are not talking about "fruits" of which you may pick and chooserepparttar 141115 ones you want to have. They obviously come as a group. You can't have "one withoutrepparttar 141116 others", so to speak. You can't have love without joy, peace, and patience. And you can't have peace without kindness, goodness, and faithfulness. You either have them all, or you have none.


God is love! His love caused Him to create us and allrepparttar 141117 universe. It caused Him to provide for us a Savior inrepparttar 141118 person of Jesus Christ. Love has provided for us God's Word so we may know how to live a Christian life. But love is also a part of us, if we are a Christian.

God's love for us is unconditional and undeserved. Therefore, if we are to have in us Love, it will also be unconditional and unmerited upon those whom we show Christian love. We will not only have love forrepparttar 141119 Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; but we will also love our brothers and sisters in Christ. It will be a pure love not dependant uponrepparttar 141120 favor ofrepparttar 141121 persons whom we love. They will not have to earn it, it will simply be there.

We will love those outside of Christ -repparttar 141122 sinner. We must be compassionate with those who do not know Christ and strive to win them forrepparttar 141123 Lord. To love them is to bring them to Christ.

And we will love even our enemies - or those we perceive to be our enemies. This is perhapsrepparttar 141124 true test of Christian love. To give to those who have hurt us in some manner, regardless of how severe that hurt, true Christian love and compassion. To want what is best for them, to pray for them, and to forgive them for their transgressions.


Christian joy is notrepparttar 141125 excitement we feel when we purchase a new car or accomplish some difficult task. It is notrepparttar 141126 rush we get when a perceived danger is past. And it is notrepparttar 141127 happiness we feel as we plan an interesting and exciting vacation.

Joy comes from God. It is that quiet sense of well-being we have as we lay our heads down onrepparttar 141128 pillow at night knowing that God will watch over us. It is that sense of belonging when we consider that we are a child of God - we are His child. To know that we have a Father who loves us so much that He sent His only Son to die onrepparttar 141129 cross for us, joy is that realization. And finally joy is a taste of Heaven, but only a taste. Heaven will be full of joy. Allrepparttar 141130 thoughts and feelings of joy we can have here on earth will be multiplied thousands and thousands of time in Heaven.


I don't know about you, but after I came to know whatrepparttar 141131 Word of God had to say aboutrepparttar 141132 future of those who do not accept Christ, I had a lot of fear in my life. It took me several weeks to musterrepparttar 141133 courage to take that first step for Christ. But after I had taken that step and was buried inrepparttar 141134 watery grave of baptism, I had forrepparttar 141135 first time true peace.

Jesus said, "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not asrepparttar 141136 world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." (John 14:27)

I thinkrepparttar 141137 song writer says it very well; "There's a quiet understanding." It isrepparttar 141138 understanding that God, His Son, andrepparttar 141139 Holy Spirit are there for us. Our Heavenly Father to watch over us, His Son to intercede for us, andrepparttar 141140 Holy Spirit to guide us. With this "quiet understanding," we can truly have peace in our lives.


Longsuffering (or patience) is alsorepparttar 141141 mark of a true Christian. In my job as an administrator in public education, there are many trials I must endure. I have colleagues who say, "I can't believerepparttar 141142 patience you have. How do you do it?" Actually it is not me that does it, but ratherrepparttar 141143 guidance ofrepparttar 141144 Holy Spirit that makes it possible.

The Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ

Written by Stephen Kingery

There is quite a lot of misunderstanding, misinterpretation and false teaching concerningrepparttar Holy Spirit. Every Christian should have a clear understanding ofrepparttar 141102 work ofrepparttar 141103 Holy Spirit. After all, every Christian hasrepparttar 141104 Holy Spirit dwelling within him or her. To go throughrepparttar 141105 Christian life without understandingrepparttar 141106 Holy Spirit is indeed a shame if not a sin.

In this article I hope to make crystal clear whorepparttar 141107 Holy Spirit is, andrepparttar 141108 work He performs. There are, for sure, many things inrepparttar 141109 Bible which we don't and can't have a full understanding of until Jesus Christ returns. For example, creation is a complete mystery to us. We do not know and we have not been told by God's Word how creation was accomplished. We simply accept by faith thatrepparttar 141110 account in Genesis is true as written. Eternity andrepparttar 141111 eternallity of God is another topic of which we are not given explicit details about. Again, by faith we acceptrepparttar 141112 account inrepparttar 141113 Bible as true. However, we are given much information concerningrepparttar 141114 Holy Spirit. As a matter of fact, there is so much information inrepparttar 141115 Bible concerningrepparttar 141116 Holy Spirit that an article of this nature could not even begin to discuss it in detail.

Who isrepparttar 141117 Holy Spirit? (Notice that I did not way "What isrepparttar 141118 Holy Spirit.") Many would have us believe thatrepparttar 141119 Holy Spirit is that since of goodness within each Christian,repparttar 141120 conscience, God's influence or some other "thing" whichrepparttar 141121 Christian possess because he is a Christian. Others even seerepparttar 141122 Holy Spirit as a terrifying ghost - probably becauserepparttar 141123 King James Version renders it as Holy Ghost rather than Holy Spirit. However, Holy Spirit more correctly describes this person ofrepparttar 141124 Trinity.

The best way I can think of to describe whorepparttar 141125 Holy Spirit is a personality ofrepparttar 141126 Triune God. In other words, Godrepparttar 141127 Father, Godrepparttar 141128 Son and Godrepparttar 141129 Holy Spirit. Therefore,repparttar 141130 Holy Spirit is one ofrepparttar 141131 three personalities ofrepparttar 141132 Trinity. We can clearly see this to berepparttar 141133 case by looking at four scriptures. "Now He who searchesrepparttar 141134 hearts knows whatrepparttar 141135 mind ofrepparttar 141136 Spirit is, because He makes intercession forrepparttar 141137 saints according torepparttar 141138 will of God." (Romans 8:27) We see here thatrepparttar 141139 Holy Spirit has a mind, or in other words is capable of thinking, reasoning and acting. The conclusion is that He is a person (personality). "Nowrepparttar 141140 Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart fromrepparttar 141141 faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons," (1 Timothy 4:1) In this passage we find an example ofrepparttar 141142 Spirit speaking and giving instruction to Paul as he writes to Timothy. This is further evidence thatrepparttar 141143 Holy Spirit is capable of thinking, reasoning and acting - thus a separate personality. "And do not grieverepparttar 141144 Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed forrepparttar 141145 day of redemption." (Ephesians 4:30) This is further evidence thatrepparttar 141146 Holy Spirit living, thinking and active and not a neutral conscience or influence on one's life.

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