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WHAT ARE THE NINE FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT?
Below is the list of the nine (9) fruits of the spirit in the Bible. The fruits of the spirit are not the edible fruits but spiritual fruits. It is found in the book of Galatians chapter 5 verse 22 to 23 (Galatians 5:22-23). These nine spiritual fruits are to help us have a good overall character as a Christian or a believer in Christ, namely:-
1. love [unselfish concern for others]
2. joy [inner]
4. patience [not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting]
Bible Scripture reference:-
Galatians 5:22-23 Amplified Bible (AMP)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit [the result of His presence within us] is love [unselfish concern for others], joy, [inner] peace, patience [not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting], kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Anything that is not of the 9 fruits of the Spirit is definitely not from God.
MEMORIZING THE 9 FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT:-
Here is a way to help you memorize the 9 Fruits of the Spirit. Take the first letter of each fruit and then make a sentence that is easy for you to remember. Example:-
L j p p k g f g s
Love Just Puts People Keep Grinning For Good Surely.
Love just puts people keep grinning for good surely = Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control
THE IMPORTANCE OF THE 9 FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT:-
Sometimes we hear a saying that goes “You will know them by their fruits”. In other words, we will know people better by their characteristics (mannerisms, traits, attributes, trademark). As Christians, we learn to be like Jesus Christ so others will know that we are a true believer of Jesus Christ.
Galatians 5:16 English Standard Version
16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.
Colossians 2:6-7 English Standard Version
6 Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, 7 rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
So how do we build our Christ-like characteristics? We can do that by reading the Bible and praying daily. Reading the Bible and praying is very vital as a Christian because:-
Reading the Bible = Reading what Father Lord, Jesus and Holy Spirit are teaching us. Read then do it.
Praying = Communicating with Father Lord.
By doing so, we enable Father Lord (God) to teach us via His Word (the Bible) so we can grow strong spiritually. The Holy Spirit is our teacher. When we are strong spiritually, we can overcome daily difficulties and challenges.
WAYS TO BE OVERCOME DAILY CHALLENGES IN LIFE AND TO BE FILLED WITH THE 9 FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT:-
- Watch Christian lessons/sermons videos
- Read Bible based Christian books and articles.
- Pray as often as we can
- Listen to gospel songs.
HOW TO HELP THOSE WHO DO NOT HAVE THE 9 FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT?:-
Matthew 18:22 New King James Version (NKJV)
22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.
Secondly, we can encourage them to walk closely with God and pray for them to grow spiritually. Send good educational Christians links to them for them to learn and be encouraged.
Summary: Remember, the more we feed our brains with Godly Christian teachings, the faster we will grow spiritually and become a stronger Christian and the more we will bear more fruits of the Spirit. Let us pray that we will be a good Christian by allowing Father Lord to transform us into a spirit-filled person with all the nine fruits of the spirit.
Exercises / Discussions:-
- Give an example of a difficult situation that can cause you to feel challenged (to do the opposite of the 9 fruits of the spirit).
- Tell us what can you do to be an overcomer when you feel challenged.
- Identify the 9 antonyms (opposites) of the 9 fruits of the Spirit.
Prayer: Father Lord, please help me to be filled with the nine spiritual fruits so that others can see that I am a true child of God. I want to learn to be like Jesus. Help me not to be influenced by the worldly things or thoughts and be corrupted by the opposites of the 9 Fruits of the Spirit. Help me to be disciplined in reading Your Word (the Bible) and help me cultivate a good habit of praying daily so I can stay strong and have the characteristics of the 9 fruits of the Spirit always. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen
In Christ we serve
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