FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT: PART 3

God is calling us to have the same fruit that Christ had on earth. He wants us to be more like Him and not the world. Remember, who roams the four corners of the earth and has power here? Christ is our example of the fruit. He gives guidance and direction on how to use this fruit. If you want to know how to behave as a Christian you look towards Christ examples. We are made one with Him.

Ephesians 4:3-7 Endeavouring to keep the_______ of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is ______ body, and _______ Spirit, even as ye are called in ________ hope of your calling; One Lord, _______ faith, ______ baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. But unto _______   _______of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.

How does God himself show the fruit of longsuffering? How do we show this fruit? Mark the correct column either God or us that the verse is talking about.

Verse God Us
Romans 2:4
1 Peter 3:20
Ephesians 4:1-2
2 Peter 3:9
2 Peter 3:15
Isaiah 30:18

Genesis 6: 3,5,13 explains how God was being longsuffering with Noah. List all God did.

His patience is the reason for His longsuffering. If I got what I deserved I would be in hell right now. He is slow to anger and has an abundance of mercy.

Now, are you longsuffering? List how you are longsuffering in your day to day life. I think about my kids sometimes I just want to pinch their heads off. Admit it you feel the same way. But I don’t because I love them and we just move on and learn from our mistakes. We try to be patient with them. Why should we be patient with others?

James 5:7-11

Be _________therefore, brethren, unto the _______ of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman __________ for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long ___________ for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. Be ye also_________; ___________ your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh. _________ not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door. Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of ____________. Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the ___________ of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of ________ mercy.

Along with patience we need to show kindness and peace. When you really start to look at each fruit you will see that they all begin to connect. You cannot have one without the other. When Paul greets his brethren he always says “peace be unto you”. Our peace is in Him. When we don’t have peace in our lives it’s not coming from God. You just saw why He is the Prince of Peace. In Isaiah 32:17 why do we have peace?

Describe being at peace. How do you feel? How does your household feel when you are at peace?

Psalm 34:14 what should we seek?

Psalm 37:37 what is the end for the upright man?

Job 22:21 If we acquaint ourselves with God are we at peace?

Isaiah 32:18 If you have peace in God how will your household be?

Jeremiah 9:8 How should we speak to our neighbors?

Matthew 10:12-13, Explain this verse in your own words.

Romans 10:15 Why would are feet be beautiful?

Romans 14:19, What are we to follow after & why?

2 Corinthians 13:11 Why would Paul end his letter in this way?

Ephesians 6:15 Why should our feet be set in the gospel of peace?

Colossians 3:15, What should rule our hearts?

1 Timothy 2:2, We are to lead our lives how?

Hebrew 12:14, For what reason are we to follow peace with all men?

1 Peter 3:11, Why are we to ensue peace? May need to look up the word ensue.

How do we know God is a God of peace and that He is peaceful towards us?

Verse Peace from God
Isaiah 45:7
Numbers 25:12
Luke 1:79
Romans 5:1
Ephesians 2:14
Philippians 4:7
1 Thessalonians 1:1
2 Thessalonians 2:16

Which verse tells us of God’s merciful kindness?

  1. 1 John 2:18           2. Psalms 117:2     3. Acts 9:1

Read Psalms 119:76 what is His merciful kindness for?

  1. Our comfort           2. His comfort     3. Material comfort

Titus 3:4-7

But after that the _________ and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his _______ he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being __________ by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

How is God showing kindness and love? How should we show kindness and peace? Read Ruth 1:8-9

Proverbs 31:26

What did this woman speak?

  1. Hatred              2. Kindness      3. Lies

Colossians 3:12 what are we to put on?

  1. Kindness         2. Pants              3. Wrong doings

2 Peter 1:7 what type of kindness should we have?

  1. Sisterly            2. Brotherly            3. Motherly

Romans 12:10 how should we treat one another? Why do we need to do this?

Application: Ask God to help you live with peace and kindness toward others and yourself.

FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT: PART 2

Let’s look at how people are before they were saved. Some people do have these traits before they are saved. All that means is that they are really nice and good people but imagine how their lives will be once they have been saved by the grace of God! Before salvation these traits are not fruit they are all in vain. The entire purpose of us having the fruit of the Spirit is so God can be glorified.

Colossians 1:10 what happens when God saves you?

What did we serve before our salvation? What happens after we are saved? Read Titus 3:3-5

John 15:8-9 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear ______ fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: _________ ye in my love.

How were you before you were saved? Did you do any of these things? If you did are you using them now in a godly way? Fruit can only be to God’s glory if they are godly fruit. The world has opposites and God shows us those opposites, so if there are godly fruit there are also ungodly fruit.

You can use your fruit in either way. Do you do good things just to be seen or are you doing it for God? I mean, its feels good to be noticed for what you do every once in a while. I enjoy an accolade sometime. Do you want to be known by good fruit or bad fruit? Read Romans 6:20-23, think about when you go to the groceries store to buy apples; which ones are you going to buy the nice shining ones or the ones that have bruises and rotten spots. I am very picking about my fruit. I am not going to pay for bad fruit that is rotten. Why would God want to use a person that has bad fruit? I think He is very picking about who He uses and who He doesn’t. Continue to remember that we are no good within ourselves only God makes us qualified to do His will. Sure, there are people out there that say they are doing God’s work but you can tell by their fruit if they are using them in a godly way.

Read the verses below and list the ungodly fruit.

Verse Ungodly fruit
Hosea 10:13
Galatians 5:19-21
Ephesians 5:11

Take the fruit of the Spirit and write their opposites; as you do this think about what or who is opposite of God.

Godly Fruit Ungodly Fruit
Love
Joy
Peace
Longsuffering
Temperance
Gentleness
Goodness
Meekness
Faith

If you are not producing fruit God stops using you. You are still saved but God no longer needs you to do His work. I just can’t imagine God saying I’m not using you anymore. How ashamed I would feel; wouldn’t you feel ashamed also? Matthew, Mark and Luke have written the account of the Unfruitful tree.

Read all three accounts then fill in the chart comparing their accounts.

Matthew 7:15-20, Matthew 12:33-37, Matthew 21:19 Mark 11:12-14 Luke 13:6-9, Luke 6:43-45
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

What similarities in the stories do you see? What happens to the unfruitful tree? What are Jesus’s words about the tree? How can you relate that to your life?

How does God help us from becoming unfruitful? A few examples of ungodly fruit are unrighteousness, disobedience, lies, harshness, and disloyalty. I am sure that you can think of many more. Just keep these in the back of your mind for now. People definitely know you by what type of fruit you produce. Read John 15:16; you are called by God to produce fruit. God will purge or cut away the bad sinful fruit. You will begin to produce good fruit more and more. Take a farmer for example. A farmer that has apple trees every year will cut back his trees. He cuts all the old dead branches from the tree. This allows the tree to blossom and produce more fruit. If the dead pieces were left the tree would eventually die because its system would be working too hard to keep it alive. I have rose bushes; every spring I have to cut off the dead stems and throw the stems away from the roses. I do this so the dead pieces that were removed will not cause my bushes to have a disease. When I do this, new stems grow and my rose bush gets bigger and bigger. God does the same with us. He cuts away at us and gets rid of that ungodly fruit so we can grow in Him and He can use us. What happens to those that bear no fruit? Why would Satan want you to bear no fruit or bear ungodly fruit? What is his goal in your life?

Verse Godly Reward Ungodly Reward
Psalms 62:12
John 15:2
John 15:6
Romans 6:21
John 4:36
Romans 6:22
Jeremiah 21:14
Jeremiah 17:10
Romans 7:15
Micah 7:13-1
John 8:34

Relate 2 Corinthians 9:10-11 to your fruit. What is God saying to you through these verses?

The more aware you are of your bad fruit, sinful ways, you begin practicing good habits. I am a teacher so something I think about are my student’s writings. Writing has never been my strong suit, as you can tell, so I am very contentious when I am teaching writing. I don’t want to teach my students the incorrect way to write a paragraph or spell words incorrectly. Having Dyslexia has made me more aware of this. The more you are watching for something to correct the better you become at recognizing it.

As you grow as a Christian and your spiritual fruit grow. You grow stronger and your fruit get better.

2 Corinthians 9:10 Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and _________ the fruit of your righteousness;)

John 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same ________ forth _____ fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

John 15:16 what is Christ telling us to do? Does He want us to hide our fruit? Do you hide yours and not share with others? We are always telling people; especially kids to share; that it’s not nice to keep everything for yourselves.

What should you be full of? Romans 15:14 tells us. Are these fruit of the Spirit? Yes or No

Remember, before you react or do something you shouldn’t ask yourself; what is acceptable in God’s eyes? Is this a good or bad fruit to have? We should always be an example and be praying for those that are making those wrong decisions in life. Jesus ate with the publicans and it was looked upon as bad but some were saved. We never know how God is using us. We have to be able to keep ourselves separated from bad choices and yet still share our fruit with others. Ephesians 5:11 And have no fellowship with the ________ works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

Ephesians 5:9-10 (For the _______ of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Proving what is ______ unto the Lord.

Our peace, joy, and gladness seem to fade away over the years. David even asked God to restore his soul in Psalms 23. We should do the same ask to restore or renew our soul & spirit.

Ephesians 4:23

Galatians 6:1

Application: Pray God will show you how to bear good fruit so He can use you. Ask Him to restore your fruit; to refresh your spirit so He can use you to your fullest. Glorify God in all things. Do a good deed this week and don’t tell anyone about it. It’s a secret between you and God.

FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT

To be fruity or not to be fruity; that is the question? So what are you? How do people see you? How does God see you? I am always wondering how people see me. As I get older, I try to make a conscience effort to be more aware of how I treat others or even the expression that I have on my face. You never know the way you will affect those around you. Just a smile changes a person attitude about you. Think about sports or your job. Do people notice when you are doing well? If you don’t practice or put forth a 100% effort your coach or your boss will not use. When you are dedicated and want to do your best for your team or your job you stand out from the other players or co-workers.

Are you aware of the fruit of the Spirit? Can you name them one by one? As a Christian, you are to produce fruit. The more fruit that you produce the more God will use you. This should be our main goals as a Christian. You can be a Christian and not walk in the Spirit and have the fruit Christ said you need. You’ll just be a very miserable and unhappy one. You will never feel satisfied in your life or with what you are doing in your life. When we are not bearing the fruit, God desires us to bear we are out of God’s will. You need these fruit to be good and pleasing to God. Colossians 3:12 is one of many that tells us to put these traits on and go out into the world to be different separated from it. People see the fruit you bear they just may not know why and what they are. They just know that you are different in some way than others that they see.

Look at each of these verses and write the fruit of the Spirit that is mentioned in it.

Verse Fruit of the Spirit
Philippians 1:11
Galatians 5:22-23
Ephesians 5:9
2 Corinthians 9:10
Galatians 6:1

Now that you know what the fruit are match the fruit with the correct definition.

Fruit Definition
Love A.      State of being good
Joy B.      Enduring injury with patience deficient in spirit and courage ( Not about self)
Peace C.      State of quiet; freedom of disturbance.
Longsuffering D.     Moderation in action, thought or feeling     ( control, self- denial, restraint)
Temperance E.      Allegiance to duty or a person. Belief and trust in and loyalty to God.
Gentleness F.      Quality or state of being gentle mildness of manners.
Goodness G.      Patiently enduring lasting hardship.
Meekness H.     State of happiness, emotion evoked by the prospect of possessing what one desires.
Faith I.        Strong affection for someone or something.

Take what you have learned from the verses and definitions and give an example of each fruit.

Fruit Example
Love
Joy
Peace
Longsuffering
Temperance
Gentleness
Goodness
Meekness
Faith

How can you be an example to others in your own life with each of these fruit?

What the fruit of our lips? I really like that wording; The fruit of our lips. It just sounds so positive and good. Refer to Hebrews 13:15.

Hebrews 12:10-11 is talking about what type of fruit? When do we receive this type of fruit?

James 3:17-18; where does this fruit come from? What does it give us? Who do we get this peace from?

Read Romans 1:13 and Philippians 4:17; what is Paul talking about? Is he telling them to stored grapes and apples?

In Titus 3:14; what should we do to stay fruitful?

Paul keeps mentioning fruit. He does it again in Romans 15:28 what fruit is he talking about?

What does Peter say keeps you fruitful? 2 Peter 1:8

2 Timothy 2:6; who is our husbandman? Why do we give Him our first fruit? What is so special about our first fruit? Read Genesis Chapter 4; it will help you to understand the importance of the first fruit.

Match the examples of the Fruit of the Spirit with the verse.

Verse  
Psalm 32:11 A I have chosen the way of truth: thy judgments have I laid before me.
1 Peter 3:11 B. And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.
Psalms 34:14 C. Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.
Psalms 119:30 D. Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.
Ephesians 4:15 E. To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.
Ephesians 5:2 F. But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
Titus 3:2 G. And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,
2 Timothy 2:24 H. Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
Colossians 3:12 I.Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.

Application: Pray God will make you aware of your spiritual fruit. Have Him to show you the importance of having godly fruit and how to use it.