Tag Archive | Fruit of the Spirit

Dangerous Patience

Gal 5:22-23 (ESV) 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

While we as Christians are called to exhibit the fruits of the Spirit, we won’t ever display them perfectly.  Only the Lord can display the fruits of the Spirit perfectly.  We struggle and must strive to exhibit fruit.  Some have trouble even having a little bit of fruit to show.  But others can have overly generous rotten fruits.  Did you realize you can actually exhibit too much of a fruit?  To where it becomes sin?

Consider “Joy” how could joy be corrupted by displaying too much or displaying it incorrectly?

What if you are talking with a grieving parent over the loss of a child?  While we can still be encouraging and place our hope in the Lord and His goodness, too much joy exhibited can be hurtful.  We are told to grieve with those who grieve. (Romans 12:15)  That doesn’t take away our internal joy but just maybe it should be tempered with compassion and grieving with others.

How else might we corrupt the fruits of the Spirit?

Here is a post that will help you consider if you display corrupt rotten fruit.  Click the link to read the whole article.

Is Patience Dangerous? by Ed Welch

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Patience can be passive

If we know anything about ourselves, we know that we are not perfect. We expect to have a long agenda for growth and change. Patience, however, tends to just sit around and wait. It has a keener vision for other people’s sins than it does for one’s own sin and weaknesses. This makes it a hopeless goal because it lacks furvor for daily growth. Instead, it waits to be “tried” by people or events.

Patience can be silent

Along with the smug self-righteousness that can seep into patience, another problem is that patience offers no compelling reason to speak with the other person. Patience tends to be silent, and, especially in close relationships, the last thing you want to do is be silent when the other person is being sinful or even irritating. If we are bothered by something that has happened in a relationship, our kingdom instincts should be to speak about the matter in a way that is humble and edifying. From this perspective, I would be so sad if my wife or friends were “patient” with me.

Patience without a willingness to speak openly and in the best interests of the relationship is cowardice, even hatred.


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2 Peter 1:5-11

2 Peter 1:5-11 (ESV)

5 For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge,
6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness,
7 and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.
8 For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
9 For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins.
10 Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to make your calling and election sure, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall.
11 For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

How does this passage fit in with Galatians 2:22-23? That is a good question.

Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV)

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

They seem to overlap but they aren’t exactly the same.   Virtue can be translated as excellence.   But the key portion that jumped out to me is the phrase in verse 8.

2 Peter 1:8 For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

If these qualities are yours and are increasing you will be fruitful.  The fruit of the Spirit and these virtues are present in all Christians to some extent.  The verses in 2 Peter 1:5-11 are speaking of increasing them or supplementing them.

What is even better look at the Promise!

2 Peter 1:10-11

10 …  for if you practice these qualities you will never fall.
11 For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Can’t get any better than that.  Practicing these qualities will keep you from falling and there will be an entrance into the kingdom for you.


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The Fruit of the Spirit

Yesterday I happened to be reading in Galatians and I noticed something about the Fruit of the Spirit.

Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV)

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
23 gentleness, self-control
; against such things there is no law.

This is our good works, the Fruit of the Spirit.

Notice that the fruit of the spirit is singular.  This isn’t Fruits of the Spirit.  It doesn’t say we will be given one of the fruits.  This is every characteristic that is in a Christian unlike in the case of Spiritual gifts.  The sum is one fruit not multiple fruits of different types.  This means we cannot have love but be impatient or have kindness and yet lack self-control.  It is a bundle plan, all or nothing.


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