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I am eating fruit this morning, orange, cherries and grapes. I started thinking of the fruits of the Spirit and my mind went directly to those attributes listed in Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” But when I was reading through the passage in Galatians, I realized that there are other fruits of the spirit, it just depends on what spirit you are living after as to the type of fruit you will show.

 

We are instructed to walk in the Spirit, the Spirit of God and we won’t have to show those fruits pertaining to the lust of the flesh. Galatians 5:16-21 “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,  Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” Each of these fruits are fruits of a spirit, not a Godly spirit, but a fleshly one.

God desires that we walk after him, in the Spirit of Holiness. If we do so we can have those yummy fruits of the Spirit. Galatians 5:22-25 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”

Let us walk after the Spirit of God, in a way of Holiness and bring forth fruit that is not only pleasing to the eye but to God

Galatians 5:22-23 KJV
-But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
-Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Galatians 5:22-23 Amplified
-But the fruit of the (Holy) Spirit, [the work which His presence within accomplishes] – is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness;
-(Meekness, humility) gentleness, self-control (self-restraint, continence). Against such things there is no law [that can bring a charge].

Love – God’s benevolent concern for mankind, Man’s devout attachment to God, the feeling of benevolence and brotherhood that people should have for each other

Joy – a very glad feeling, happiness, great pleasure, delight

Peace – freedom of war/disturbance/disorder, an undisturbed state of mind, absence of mental conflict, calm, quiet, tranquility

Longsuffering – bearing injuries, insults, trouble etc patiently for a long time, long and patient endurance

Gentleness – kindly, serene, patient,

Goodness – the state or quality of being good, kindness, generosity, benevolence,

Faith – unquestioning belief; unquestioning belief in god, religion; complete trust, confidence, or reliance; loyalty, allegiance to some person or thing, steadfast adherence

Meekness – patient, mild, not inclined to anger or resentment, tamely submissive

Temperance – the state or quality of being temperate; self-restraint in conduct, expression, indulgence of the appetites; moderation

Do we find these fruits going in our life?

To finish up the study on 2 Peter 1:5-8 I wanted to share the Amplified version and the Greek translation just to give us more to think about.

 

2 Peter 1:5-8KJV

And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;

And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;

And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

2 Peter 1:5-8 – Amplified Version

For this very reason, adding you diligence [to the divine promises], employ every effort in exercising your faith to develop virtue (excellence, resolutions, Christian energy), and in [exercising] virtue [develop] knowledge (intelligence).

And in [exercising] knowledge [develop] self-control, and in [exercising] self-control [develop] steadfastness (patience, endurance), and in [exercising] steadfastness [develop] godliness (piety).

And in [exercising] godliness [develop] brotherly affection, and in [exercising] brotherly affection [develop] Christian love.

For as these qualities are yours and increasingly abound in you, they will keep [you] from being idle or unfruitful unto the [full personal] knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).

 

2 Peter 1:5-8 – Greek-English Translation KJV

Also for this very reason but, diligence all having brought in besides, supply ye in your faith virtue, and in virtue knowledge,

And in knowledge self-control, and in self-control endurance, and in endurance piety,

And in piety brotherly love, and in brotherly love love:

For these things in you being and abounding [to be] neither idle or unfruitful make [you] as to the of our Lord Jesus Christ knowledge:

 

What food for thought. It is good to take time to read and ponder, as we first discovered and are more aware now of the definition of diligence. This is how we are to acquire these Christian attributes.

 

If this is your first time viewing this study, here are the first four parts to the 2 Peter 1 study; Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.

Once again, it has been several weeks if not months since the third part was posted, but as they say, better late than never. I have one more scripture to study for this passage; 2 Peter 1:7 – And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

The dictionary doesn’t have ‘brotherly kindness” but if we look at kindness and then add who we are to show this too, I believe that we can see what our mission is. Kindness is the state, quality or habit of being kind, a kind act or treatment, a kind feeling, affection or goodwill. If one is described as kind, they would be sympathetic, friendly, gentle, tender-hearted, generous and cordial. So being kind is a habit that we can form. As a habit, it is something to be practiced over and over. It is a state of being, one is kind. We all know people that are kind. But to truly show a Godly character, we need to have brotherly kindness. How is this different?

I want to digress just a little. In a healthy family, the members work together, support each other, are kind one to another, and maybe even bring judgment (with wisdom hopefully). They do their best to help the family continue to grow together. This kindness that the family members have one to another is the kindness we need to show to everyone, not just those that love us and are kind back. The love, affection, concern, that we show to our family, friends and loved ones is what we need to show to all those around us. We are to “Love our neighbor as ourself” Luke 10:27-37. This passage includes the story about the Good Samaritan. According to tradition, the Samaritan was the least likely person to show kindness to the Jew that was along side the road. We have to be willing to show brotherly kindness even when we might be scoffed at or questioned. In 2 Peter it says that we are to add brotherly kindness to godliness, the evidence of godliness is show through our actions of brotherly kindness.

On top of brotherly kindness we are to add charity. Charity is described as the love of God for man or man for his fellow man, an act of good will or affection, the feeling of goodwill, benevolence. Another word that is commonly used in place of charity is love.

1 Corinthians devotes the whole of chapter 13 to this subject, while I am not going to go over it specifically, I want to point out a few highlights that Biblically define charity. In this chapter we can find that anything we do that is not a result of love or is done in or because of love is done in vein. We can do great things for people but if we do not have love, there is no profit or gain. Verses 4 through 8 specifically describe what charity is: “Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.” We have seen several of these attributes already in this study. For us to completely pattern our lives after Christ, we must have charity. The last verse states “And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.”

Of everything listed here in 2 Peter 1, charity is of the utmost importance. If we have charity, we will have all the characteristics. It is with charity that we can take on faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, and brotherly kindness. Let us each be careful to show charity, and love to all those we come in contact with. Before we act out of emotion let us pause and show forth charity. This will set us apart as true Christians. Those that just profess to love Christ will not have the grace to show charity to not only their loved ones, but also to their enemies.

It was God’s love toward us that brought us his son Jesus, as his followers, it is this same love and mercy that we are to exhibit. May we take this challenge to allow God’s love to shine through us and touch the lives of those around us. As we work diligently to add each attribute into our lives, let us always do so in love, in doing so, we will become more like Christ. May we live our lives to draw souls to him.

Once again, let’s read 2 Peter 1:5-8 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Memorial – serving to help people remember some person or event

 

When the world looks at me do they see Jesus?

When the world looks at me what do they see?

Do they see hope?

Do they see love?

Do they see charity?

When the world looks at me what do they see?

 

1 Timothy 4:12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. KJV

 

Example – something selected to show the nature or character of the rest

Set an example – to behave so as to be a pattern or model for others to imitate 

1 Peter 2:21  For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: KJV

 

Word – a promise, affirmation, assurance; as he kept his word

Matthew 5:37  But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil. KJV

“Never swear: for he that swears will lie;

and he that lies will steal;

and, if so, what bad things will he not do!”

 

Conversation – talking together, verbal exchange of ideas or information

Ephesians 4:29  Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. KJV

“Minister grace unto the hearers”, but grace is unmerited favor, does that mean I’m to speak gently and kindly to others even when they don’t deserve it? I’m sure that is what it means. 

Proverbs 31:26, She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. KJV

 

Charity – the love of God for man or of man for his fellow man

                        The quality of being kind or lenient in judging others

 

John 3:16-17  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. KJV

 

Spirit – real meaning: true intention, attitude

2 Corinthians 9:7  Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver KJV

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18  Rejoice evermore.   Pray without ceasing.  In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. KJV

 

Faith – complete trust; confidence (steadfast adherence)

Mark 11:22  And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God KJV

John 14:1  Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. KJV

Hebrews 11:6  But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. KJV

 

Purity – free from anything that taints, unmixed, clear

            Free from sin or guilt;

 

1 Peter 1:22-23  Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. KJV

Philippians 4:8  Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. KJV

 

When the world looks at me do they see Jesus?

When the world looks at me what do they see?

Do they see hope?

Do they see love?

Do they see charity?

When the world looks at me what do they see?

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