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“THE FRUIT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT” 

Written by | August 14, 2017 | 0

SCRIPTURE READING: Galatians 5:19-26

EXPOSITION:
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. These are the gracious and godly habits produced in the life of a believer, by reason of the Holy Spirit indwelling in the believer.

One of the primary purposes of the Holy Spirit in the life of the Christian is to lead and facilitate a transformational process, where the Christian is made conformed into the image of Christ. The fruit of the Holy Spirit is in direct contrast with the acts of the sinful nature in Galatians 5:19-21, which describes all people, in varying degrees, when they do not know Christ and thus positioned outside the influence of the Holy Spirit. Our sinful nature produces certain types of fruit that reflect our nature, and the Holy Spirit also produces types of fruit that reflect His nature.

It must be noted that the works of the flesh in Galatians 5:19 are plural, but the fruit of the Spirit is singular because evil passions are many and varied, whiles the fruit of the Holy Spirit is unified in purpose and direction.

LIFE APPLICATION:
The Christian life is a battle of the sinful flesh against the new nature given by Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). As fallen human beings, we are still trapped in a body that desires sinful things (Romans 7:14-25). But God by the operations of the Holy Spirit birth out the fruit of the Holy Spirit in us, so as to overcome the desires of the sinful nature.

PRAYER:
Pray that the fruit of the Holy Spirit will be evident in your life.

MEMORY VERSE FOR THE WEEK:
Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV) – “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” Against such things, there is no law.

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