- Bear fruit.
- Experience some pruning.
- Answered prayers and a deepening love for Christ.
- Experience joy.
Love: “Agape” love is unmerited favor. Love is something to share with everyone. Regardless of relationship, like and dislike, or situation.
Joy: Joy is delight in the hope and promises of Jesus Christ. No matter what the circumstances, a person can have joy in the hope of eternal life and being in right standing with God.Peace: Peace is having eternal security by being in eternal relationship with God because of Jesus’ act on the cross, and not of works lest anyone should boast, for who of you can boast that you’ve done more that Jesus Christ of Nazareth for your own Salvation.Long-Suffering: Long-suffering is having patient endurance to withstand all of life’s trials. Long-suffering is possible because of hope and assurance in God’s promises.Gentleness: Gentleness is being kind to others and being unmoved by circumstances. By a person yielding to and being comforted by the Holy Spirit, he or she can be gentle in all situations. Also, see Kindness.Goodness: Goodness is acting like Jesus as He did when He walked on the Earth and doing the things of God. This is a Godly goodness that is defined by God through His Word, the Bible.Faith: Faith is having the hope and assurance in the promises of God. This is a confident and a trust that is not moved by temporary circumstances.Meekness: Meekness is a humility that seeks no revenge. Meekness comes from a person yielding to the Holy Spirit in all circumstances. It is a state of mind where God comes first, and self comes last.Temperance: Temperance is self-control. With the Holy Spirit in a person, they have a higher purpose to serve God. Fleshly desires are secondary to serving God in all things.
“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 (KJV)
“But the Spirit produces love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility, and self-control” Galatians 5:22-23
“I am the vine, and you are the branches. Whoever remains in me, and I in him, will bear much fruit; for you can do nothing without me” John 15:5
1. To what did Jesus compare Himself and His disciples?
a) A farm and its fruit.
b) A vine and its branches.
c) A master and his slaves.
2. What does Jesus’ message do?
a) It makes us clean as we accept it and obey it.
b) If we read it our lives will automatically become clean.
c) It doesn’t do anything.
3. What can we do without Jesus?
a) Greater things than He did.
b) Bear much fruit.
4. What is the relationship between believers and Jesus based on?
b) Church membership.
c) Good works.
5. What promise of a helper did Jesus again give?
a) He promised them friends who would help them.
b) He promised them farmers who would give them fruit from the vines.
c) He promised them the Holy Spirit.