Fruits of the spirit – TEMPERANCE
Nov 23, 2016


The sense here is, that the influences of the Holy Spirit on the heart make a man moderate in all indulgences; teach him to restrain his passions, and to govern himself; to control his evil propensities, and to subdue all inordinate affection. . . . A Christian must be a temperate man; and if the effect of his religion is not to produce this, it is false and vain. . . . Nothing does more scandal to religion than such indulgences; and, other things being equal, he is the most under the influence of the Spirit of God who is the most thoroughly a man of temperance.

and they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

Mortify – to destroy the strength, vitality, or functioning of…. To subdue or deaden (as the body or bodily appetites) especially by abstinence or self-inflicted pain or discomforted…

Affections – a feeling of liking and caring for someone or something.

Lust – a strong feeling of sexual desire, a strong desire for something.

The active and individual desire resulting from the diseased condition of the soul


Fruits of the spirit – MEEKNESS
Nov 09, 2016


Mildness combined with tenderness

Gracious, kindly disposition, controlled strength

A disposition that is even-tempered, tranquil, balanced in spirit, unpretentious and that has passions under control

A character that is equitable, reasonable, forbearing, moderate, fair and considerate

Power and strength under control

Willing to pardon injuries, correct faults. One who rules his spirit well


Fruits of the spirit – FAITH (faithfullness)
Oct 26, 2016

Faith (faithfullness)

To believe in or on Christ, implying knowledge or assent to and confidence in Him,

Faith is the essential nature of my desire with the expectation of obtaining that which I desire and it is the foundation of my conviction with the manifestation of truths that my conviction is not baseless….

Fidelity which makes one true to his promise and faithful to his task

Steadfast, dedicated, dependable and worthy of trust

Steadfast, unchanging and thoroughly grounded in relation to the other

Dependability, loyalty and stability

This quality is not only needed in our own personal relationship with God, but it is also needed in our own personal relationships with our friends and our families.

A true friend will stay by your side for life – through thick and thin and for better or for worse.


Fruits of the spirit – GOODNESS
Oct 12, 2016

Beneficence, ready to do good, love in action

Kindness in actual manifestation, virtue equipped for action, a bountiful propensity both to will and to do what is good, intrinsic goodness producing a generosity and a Godlike state or being

The word beneficence means the fact or quality of being kind or doing good

These people are good down to their very cores of their personalities. You can see it and feel it when you get around these types of people.

In other words, a truly good person could not even begin to try and use you or manipulate you for their own personal gain because they are too good and righteous to even begin to think along those lines.

  • Goodness is magnetic

Psalm 119:68 “You are good and what you do is good.”

God’s goodness is an aspect of His being—it is also the way He acts.

Is the “good” I do based on God’s standards in His Bible, or society’s standards and standards I’ve created?

How do my actions show God’s right way of life? How do my actions show God’s law?

Would God call what I am about to do “good”? If yes, what evidence from the Bible shows it?

Am I just? Am I fair? Am I obedient to God’s commandments? Am I generous in doing good to others?



Fruits of the spirit – GENTLENESS
Sep 28, 2016


Quality or state of being kind

The steadfast love that maintains relationships through gracious aid in times of need

Goodness of heart, serviceable, good, gracious, pleasant

Love for mankind, hospitality, acts of kindness, readiness to help, human friendship, benevolence, taking thought of others

Goodness in action, sweetness of disposition, gentleness in dealing with others, affability

The ability to act for the welfare of those taxing your patience

having or showing a gentle nature and a desire to help others :
wanting and liking to do good things and to bring happiness to others…

Arising from or characterized by sympathy or forbearance (a kind act)

Do we possess the gentleness to deal with difficult people or situations without responding in a harsh, rude, selfish manner.

(2 Timothy 2:24).

“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Mark 10:45

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