Let Us Bear the Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23)
1. In our lesson we are studying the 9 special characteristics that make up "the fruit of the Spirit." 2. Before we examine these characteristics, let us consider . . .
I. 4 GENERAL PRINCIPLES THAT RELATE TO BEARING THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT
A. Principle #1: When we become God's children we are to bear the fruit of the Spirit (Ephesians 5:6-10). 1. Many in the world look down on these 9 characteristics. 2. However, God considers them to be very special. 3. By bearing the fruit of the Spirit,: a. we show that we have turned from darkness to light b. we meet God's approval. B. Principle #2: A tree is recognized by the fruit it bears (Luke 6:43-45). 1. A good tree bears good fruit, and a bad tree bears bad fruit. 2. Jesus was actually talking about the things we say and do. C. Principle #3: The law of sowing and reaping applies to the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 6:7-8) 1. We have a choice. a. We can choose to sow to the flesh (see Galatians 5:19-21). b. We can choose to sow to the Spirit. 2. We will reap on the basis of how we sow. D. Principle #4: Christ requires His followers to bear much fruit (John 15:8). 1. This glorifies God. 2. It identifies us as the Lord's followers. E. With these principles before us, let us turn our attention to . . .
II. THE 9 CHARACTERISTICS THAT MAKE UP THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT
A. "Love" (described in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7) B. "Joy" (emphasized in Philippians 4:4) C. "Peace" (demonstrated in Romans 12:18) D. "Longsuffering" (commanded in Ephesians 4:1-3) E. "Gentleness" (included in Titus 3:1-2) F. "Goodness" (explained in Galatians 6:10) G. "Faith [faithfulness]" (commanded in 1 Corinthians 4:2; Revelation 2:10) H. "Meekness" (included in Colossians 3:12-13) I. "Temperance [self-control]" (included in 2 Peter 1:5-7)
1. In Luke 6:44 Jesus said, "For every tree is known by his own fruit." 2. Based on the fruit that you bear, what kind of tree are you?