Living Water for Your Soul
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance.
The "fruit of the Spirit" is the spontaneous work of the Holy Spirit in us. The Spirit produces these character traits, which are found in the nature of Christ. They are the by-products of Christ's control, and we can't obtain them by trying to get them. If we want the fruit of the Spirit to grow in us, we must join our life to his. We must know him, love him, remember him, imitate him. The result will be that we will fulfill the intended purpose of the law--loving God and man.
Which of these qualities do you desire the Spirit to produce in you?
Taken from the Life Application Study Bible copyright © 1998, 1996 by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.
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