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By their fruits ye shall know them.

What fruit?  Does the bible tell us?  Is the "fruit" dogma, doctrine, right beliefs, "right" topics?

Let's study this out, OK?

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love,

joy,

peace,

longsuffering,

gentleness,

goodness,

faith,

23 Meekness,

temperance: against such there is no law.

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amen!

and the only fruit we can truly see here  [as an internet message board]

gentleness and a lol temperence

with a spreckle of joy

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nothing about the exactness of how right your facts are

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more JOY!

Sounds like good fruit to me!  If we are rooted in Christ, then our fruit should be like His.  With the help of the Holy Spirit and Chirst, we can reflect Him in everything we do.  Yes, there is a place for doctrine, for the commandments but all those things are what keep us closer to Christ so that in the end we become like Him.  They aren't there for us to beat people over the head with or to make us proud of ourselves.  The goal is to be like Christ.  To become faithful servants but also to be faithful in reflecting His love to others. 

When I read the list of the fruits of the Spirit, what strikes me is how little those fruits matter unless they are shared with others.  In order to have peace, there must be someone I am making peace with (and yes, it can be only God).  Joy is more meaningful when it is shared.  Gentleness has to be shown to someone or something.  Faith relates not only to God but also to have faith in people even if they have hurt you in the past, to have faith that they can change, that they matter to God.  Temperance doesn't mean just not indulging but also being temperant in how you react.  Meekness is to not put myself above others but to put them first.  Goodness sounds easy but is it really easy to always be good to everyone?  Longsuffering is something every parent needs!  And every co-worker,friend, etc.  And all of it is tied up in love.

Dorothy

Yes, unless we share the love of God, we really do not have it.  It is like an electrial ciruit.  It is not a ciruit unless it is completed and shared.  Until we flip the switch, we only have potential power at the switch.  When we choose to allow that power to be shared, by flipping the switch, then that power can be shared.

Or another illustration.  A circule is not a circule untill the line is connected.  Until that point, it is just a curved line.  It is the same with divine love,  Until it is connected and the power can flow, it is just a fine theory. It has to be shared,  It must be returned to God who gave it, and shared with those about us.  Only then is it truely divine love.

 

Maranatha :)
Ray

I like the one of ''LOVE''

you need to love yr friend enough to tell them to live their sinful habbits and follow the truth.

you need to love people enough to stand for the truth even though everyone is against you.

 

Well one funny thing is, No matter how much you tell the truth in love, being gentle and meek including the rest of the fruits; if the person you are talking to does not wanna change, they wont change.

 

And lets remember that Gods character is love, and that his law hates sin and self.

Good fruit is only produced when planted on good soil...and in the best season.  We would do well to pray for the Holy Spirit to teach us how to do just that. (Mark 4)

Teresa

Let's look again at the passage from Galatians 5 that you referenced.

      "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness," Galatians 5:22 (ESV)

Notice the grammar here.

    "But the fruit"  While this word "fruit" can be both plural or singular, the context demands that it be single. 

      "of the Spirit is"  The word "is" is singular, which makes the word "fruit" also singular.  So it conveys the meaning of:

    "But the fruit of the Spirit is love,"

At this point there should be a period not a comma.  For the fruit, i.e. results, of having the "Spirit" i.e. the Holy Spirit, being in control of our life is that we will have "joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness," and the rest of the virtues listed in the next verse. 

This love that  takes over the control of our life, and is the result of the HOly Spirit coming into our life, is divine love, not feelings or a love based on any relationship.  When I say: "Based on" the idea is that this love is in control of our feelings and relationships.  No feeling or relationship we might engage in, will not be under the control of divine love.

Notice what Ellen White says about this love.

 "Love Is a Precious Gift From Jesus.--Love is a precious gift, which we receive from Jesus. Pure and holy affection is not a feeling, but a principle. Those who are actuated by true love are neither unreasonable nor blind."  {AH 50.1}

This is the same thing that Paul is saying.  The result of the Holy Spirit coming into our life is that we will operate on the level of principle, not feeling.  When we accept that principle into our lives, we will have joy, peace, etc.  All of the virtues listed and that show the world that we indeed are a Christian. 

In the Old Testament, this same principle is stated in one place as:

    "To the teaching and to the testimony! If they will not speak according to this word, it is because they have no dawn." Isaiah 8:20 (ESV) 

The control of our life must be guided by the principles enuciated in the teachings of God and the testimony of those who have followed His will.  If we choose to be led in any other way, such as by family relationships or by our feelings, "But I think," we will be left in darkness.  These are indeed the fruits we should look for in our life to be sure that we are in tune with God.

 

Maranatha :)
Ray
 

 

the tree Psalms 1:1-3 the branch of a palm as Jesus is the stem, The cutting of the unproductive tree meaning the actions of a body gal 5:19

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