Jesus taught His disciples that they could only be fruitful as a direct result of abiding in Him; a relationship that is carefully nurtured. Jesus explained how He would make it possible for His disciples to abide in Him and bear the same Fruit. First, He would send the Holy Spirit (the mind and power of God) after His death to abide in them and Second, to guide them (John 16:5-15; John 14:16-26). The Holy Spirit is the Christ-life within you that produces the Fruit of godly character in you.
What is this Fruit? Galatians 5:22–23 gives us the answer: "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance. Against such there is no law." The Fruit of the Spirit, then, is the true character of the Christian life that replaces the self-life, or old man, as the Scriptures label our sin nature (Ephesians 4:22-24). The result will be that you will fulfill the intended purpose of the Law – loving God and man (Galatians 5:23).
The first three of the Fruit – love, joy, and peace are primarily inner virtues. The next three virtues – longsuffering, gentleness, and goodness deal more with social situations; best expressed in our relations with others. The last three virtues – faith, meekness, and temperance are all linked to one’s personal discipline.
This month we will concentrate on: “But the Fruit of the Spirit is MEEKNESS – It begins when you put your trust in God (Romans 10:8-10). Then, because you trust God, you are submissive to His Word and His Will (James 1:21-25). Meekness is being teachable and not too proud to learn (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Meekness recognizes that God’s ways and thoughts are high above your own (Isaiah 55:9).
Meekness involves humility and thankfulness toward God, trusting His timing, His power, and His grace to work things out in the best way for His glory and for your good (Romans 8:28-29). Meekness has a polite, calm behavior toward others and when it must say a critical word to a person caught in sin or error, it speaks from the deep conviction of its own shortcoming, its own weakness to sin, and its total dependence on the grace of God (Galatians 6:1; Ephesians 4:2; Colossians 3:12-13; 2 Timothy 2:24-26).
Meekness is not a quality that is weak and passive; it is strength under control. James says, in this quiet confidence we are slow to speak and quick to listen (James 1:19). Meekness is always angry at the right time and never at the wrong time (Matthew 21:12-13). Meekness goes against all that we are by our sinful nature (Romans 7:14-25). Meekness requires supernatural help (Philippians 4:13). Matthew 5:5 says, “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.”
In order to bear good Fruit, you must first join your life to Jesus Christ (John 3:16; John 14:6). In order to join your life to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, you must believe in Him and receive His offer of forgiveness (Romans 10:9-10; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4).
You can use the following prayer or your own words: Lord Jesus, I believe You are truly the Son of God, who came in the flesh. I believe You died for me and that Your blood pays for my sins and your resurrection provides me with the gift of eternal life. I receive You as my personal Savior and Lord. Thank You for saving me. Help me to live a life that is pleasing to You. Amen.
The tendency to sin remains part of the human experience, but as a Believer, you have been set free from sin’s power over you and no longer have to give into it (Romans 6). Willingly turn from your sins and nail your natural evil desires to the cross, how, by daily confessing your sins (1 John 1:9), committing your sinful tendencies to God’s control (Philippians 2:13), crucifying them, and moment by moment drawing on the Holy Spirit’s power to overcome them (Galatians 2:20; 5:24).
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