Fruit Of The Spirit And Righteousness
Fruit Of The Spirit And Righteousness.
James 3:18 “And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.”
Have you ever been offended by someone and was later asked by that same person either directly or Indirectly the question ‘What did i do to you?’ It sounds crazy and stupid to me cause even Joseph’s brethren knew what they did to him. People know what they did, but they love to act innocent, guiltless, and holy so as to claim being good, but they always know. And doesn’t that get the offended angry?
Our opening scripture says that the fruits of righteousness is sown in Peace of them or correctly by them that make Peace. This is a striking verse, cause it shows us that sowing or”” acting out the fruits of Spirit which is of Joy, Love, Patience, Peace, Kindness, Self-control, Gentleness, Goodness etc. without Peace (i.e. without being or living in oneness, forgiveness or love with others), is a total waste of those actions. How tough this is?
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It means working one side of goodness, love or joy in whatever means either by actions or words without applying the fruit of Peace with others or in every areas or places of life is a total waste of effort and it is like not working in any fruit at-all.
What will it cost us if we refuse to forgive and let go of our grievances?
According to Galatians 5:22-23 says,” But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
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The way out then is Forgiveness, because this must mean that we’re holding a grudge, we’re being biased and sentimental somewhere or towards something or someone in our actions and words. And that is where the trouble is coming from.
For not walking in the Fruit of the Spirit, it’ll cost us our Peace, our health and well-being, Our Fellowship with God and our Faith. Think about it because if we have to daily walk in the ways of the Spirit of God (Holy Spirit), then we must follow the attribute of the Holy Spirit of God, which are:
Love – “And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him” (1 John 4:16). Through Jesus Christ, our greatest goal is to do all things in love. “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails” (1 Corinthians 13:4-8).
Joy – “The joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10). “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2).
Peace – “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1). “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13).
Long suffering (patience) — We are “strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsu ffering with joyfulness” (Colossians 1:11). “With all lowliness and meekness, with long suffering, forbearing one another in love” (Ephesians 4:2).
Gentleness (kindness) — We should live “in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left” (2 Corinthians 6:6-7).
Goodness – “Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power” (2 Thessalonians 1:11). “For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth” (Ephesians 5:9).
Faith (faithfulness) – “O Lord, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth” (Isaiah 25:1). “I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith” (Ephesians 3:16-17).
Meekness – “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted” (Galatians 6:1). “With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love” (Ephesians 4:2).
Temperance (self-control) – “But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love” (2 Peter 1:5-7).
Fruit of the Spirit and Righteousness is a wonderful study for Christians at any level of spiritual maturity. We hope this website provides a thought-provoking devotional and a springboard for growth.