Fruit of the Holy Spirit


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Fruit of the Holy Spirit is written by St Paul in his letter to the Galatians (5:22-23) as the virtues of: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Galatians 5 is the fifth chapter of the Epistle to the Galatian churches of Asia Minor in the New Testament of the Christian Bible authored by St Paul the Apostle between AD 49–58 emphasizing the attributes that should be present in a Christian if the Holy Spirit dwells within their heart.
Holy Spirit
A person touched by the Holy Spirit is forever changed.
God becomes the Sovereign of our heart.
Jesus Christ becomes our companion in our daily walk in life.
The Holy Spirit is the Third Person of the Holy Trinity Who performs specific Divine functions in the life of a Christian or the Christian church.
Like a craftsman’s hands cannot function independent of his mind and body; likewise, God’s holy spirit operates only as he directs it.
(Luke 11:13)
The Holy Spirit guides into the lives of the believer values that are good, moral and wholesome to serve God, our family and our fellow human being.
Love
Fruit of the Holy Spirit
The virtue of love is one of our most basic and fundamental needs.
Love binds the individual, family, friends and community through strong relationships - the bedrock upon which everything else is built.
Individual
Love represents a deep affection, attraction and emotional attachment for another person with an unconditional desire to care for each other.
Love brings joy, companionship and a sense of belonging with common dreams - a world without love is a dangerous world.
The bonds of love involve an understanding of each other's core values, beliefs and life goals.
Family
Strong family bonds are forged in a happy home with loving, caring parents who have strong family values and virtues that ultimately bring every child closer to God.
Sunday school, is where a child's spiritual life is enhanced through the Teachings of the Bible and where children can develop meaningful relationships through Christian fellowship.
The Fourth Commandment to honor thy father and mother creates societies that thrive through wholesome families.
Love of a Mother
Nothing compares to the unconditional love and the unique devotion of a mother.
"A mother's love is the foundation that her child's life is built on."
Friends
True friends are an asset through mutual affection, trust and support that knows no bounds.
They make you feel like you are a part of their family.
You feel comfortable with them and they with you.
These are the friends with whom you can reminisce of the good times from your past.
Community
Community-minded people serve God by providing valuable support to their church, their community and their fellow human being.
They serve to preserve, enhance and promote their cultural and religious traditions - these are the people who make a difference in our world.
God's Love
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“God is love” (1 John 4:8) - His Love is unmatched.
God loves us because He Created us - our life-supporting earth provides for all our needs.
"Everything that exists has been made for God's purposes. They all reflect Glory back to Him".
-Romans 11 36
God's Love is unconditional and endures forever (Psalm 100:5) - it offers a refuge to enlighten the heart and heal the mind.
When our "heart spiritually awakens" our lives have meaning, a purpose and an eternal destiny in God's Heavenly Kingdom.
“We love because He first loved us” 1 John 4:19.


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Joy
Joy is represented by the smile of a happy person.
A joyful heart is a grateful heart - being thankful for what you have.
Joy is characterized by contentment and satisfaction that may come from success, good fortune, a sense of well-being, doing good deeds or experiencing a sense of awe and wonder.
In the spiritual sense, joy is found by the one who has God in their heart - a joy that is limitless!
A joyful heart finds hope in the midst of darkness - the strength of hope is desire.
Peace
We need peace of mind to ease our conscience!
We need courage and hope in the midst of losses, tragedies, and failures.
We need guidance and direction that reflects what truly matters in life.
We need a light that illuminates our path in a goddess world that distorts what is good and wholesome.
Peace of mind comes through faith and hope to endure all obstacles - freedom from uncertainty and worry makes you more resilient.
Balance in life creates harmony and calmness of the body, mind, and spirit that supersedes worldly desires.
Patience
The ability to wait in times when it is needed most needed.
Everything cannot come at once.
Patience gives the necessary time and effort that a goal may require.
It happens when you exercise self-control in the face of adversity.
Without patience we will never become the peacemakers Jesus Christ references in the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:9).
Kindness
Kindness is moral integrity - the value of good character.
It is motivated by genuine warm feelings for doing good.
Kindness fosters a feeling of goodwill among people - being friendly, gentle and considerate are the qualities of a generous nature.
A helping hand, a kind word and a warm smile brings happiness to those around you.
A kind person has empathy, understanding and compassion - the perfect emblem of kindness is Jesus Christ.
Goodness
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Goodness is the quality of being morally good.
It is "a virtue of love" that gives us empathy for our fellow human being.
The moral compass always points in an ethical direction to guide our actions accordingly.
Every good deed leaves the mark of goodness.
Goodness lacks self-centeredness - the self-centered have no thought for the needs of others.
Goodness brings us closer to God.
Goodness brings us closer to humanity.
Goodness make the world a better place.
God weaves His Goodness through humble people to build wholesome families and communities.
Faithfulness
Steadfast loyalty that isn't swayed.
Faithfulness is being true to one's word or commitments, regardless of circumstances.
It means being loyal and true to family, friends or to whatever one owes allegiance.
Faithfulness is the bedrock of the Christian who:
*Believes in God unconditionally - this is trust.
*Believes that Jesus Died on the Cross for our sins.
*Anticipates the future of God's Promises.
Faith is confidence in what we hope for through the power of the imagination.
Gentleness
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Gentleness is a tender, compassionate approach toward others.
A gentle person is soft-spoken and considerate of others - they treat every person with respect and empathy.
Gentle people are not easily angered or upset - they avoid causing others distress.
Gentleness means being down to earth (humility) and being able to let things go (forgiveness).
A softened heart offers compassion and will try to help people in trouble.
Self Control
Self control means controlling behavior, bad habits and suppressing negative emotions.
It is about taking power over your own actions - believe in willpower.
Self-control is important for health and well-being - it provides rules to live life efficiently and effectively.
Positive attributes include increased morale, self-discipline and better attitudes.


Pathways to God

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Fruit of the Holy Spirit
A true Christian will:
Seek God
If you are seeking God - you will find Him everywhere!
Just look around, above and beyond.
As we pursue God, He responds with his Presence, His Blessing and His Power.
We seek God for comfort, strength, and reassurance.
We acknowledge that Jesus Christ is our Savior.
We pray to God and Jesus Christ for our needs, our hopes and our dreams.
Fear God
The “fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom”.
People who live morally right are God-fearing people.
To fear God is to hallow Him (“to respect greatly”).
To fear God is to trust, honor, venerate and adore Him.
The Fear of God leads people to become responsible for their lives.
All actions have repercussions.
The Fear of God reminds us that:
*All actions have consequences.
*We are accountable to Someone.
That Someone is God!
To gain the Gift of Salvation the prodigal acknowledges his sins by turning to Jesus Christ and asking for forgiveness and deliverance.
Love God
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A scribe once asked Jesus, "What commandment is the foremost of all?"
Jesus answered, "The foremost is, 'The Lord our God is one Lord; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.'
The Second Great Commandment
'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
There is no other commandment greater than these'.
(NAS, Mark 12:28-31)
Love thy neighbor as thyself is an ethical principle of the Golden Rule (Matthew 7:12) Jesus taught in His Sermon on the Mount.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind.”
God is Sovereign over everything.
He meets the longings of the heart to find meaning in a faith-filled and purpose-driven life.
God meets the deepest longings of the soul that is looking into an eternal future in God's Heavenly Kingdom.
Believe God
Man will love you today and crucify you tomorrow.
Faith is a spiritual asset that opens our eyes to spiritual realities.
With faith, we anticipate the future of God's Promises.
With faith, we experience the renewing inspiration of transcendence (experience beyond the physical level).
Obey God
In the spiritual sense, your conscience is the Voice of God!
No-one can stand before God and lie or do evil with a clear conscience.
The conscience provides a moral sense of right and wrong through our values and principles.
We obeying God by aligning our actions and choices with His Will.
The Ten Commandments, the Beatitudes, the Lord's Prayer (taught by Jesus) and The Lord is my Shepherd (Psalm 23) for example, were Divinely Designed for the well-being of every individual.
Serve God
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Glorifying God by Service
James 4:6 says, "God gives Grace to the "humble".
A servant of God has their heart set on living out the Vision of God.
Every human being has something to give.
Helping others is one of the values that make a difference in our community.
Serving other people is what the humble Jesus did and preached.
Serving reveals the goodness of the humble heart.
The selfless servant has that special inspiration in their heart to serve God and their fellow human being.
It brings us closer to God, our church, our family and to our fellow human being.
Worship God
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We Glorify God by Worship
The Christian church is the House of God.
Jesus Christ is the Head of the Christian church.
Through faith we acknowledge God's Existence and reinforce our need for Him.
Through worship, we show our love and unquestioning devotion for God.
We worship God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength.
And, we worship God through good deeds.

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