Fruit of the Spirit equals to the character of Christ, and as a body of believers, we must emulate Him by applying these God-given traits to our own spiritual lives.
As we look at the sinless life of Jesus while He was here on earth, we know He was perfect and upright in all things. He demonstrated His humanness as well as His divineness and was faultless in everything He said or did. His character was completely pure and unstained as He walked the earth so many many years ago.
However, before He went up to heaven to be with God, He told His disciples that He was going away, and that the Holy Spirit would come in His place.
The disciples become disheartened upon hearing this, but Jesus puts their minds at ease while He explains His purpose for leaving and gives them further encouragement. John 16:7 tells us, "Nevertheless I tell you the truth, it is expedient that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send Him unto you."
Also, John 14:1-6 says, "Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And wither I go ye know, and the way ye know. Thomas saith unto Him, 'Lord, we know not wither thou goest; and how can we know the way? ' Jesus saith unto him, 'I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me."
After this, the Holy Spirit was to come and bring power and victory over the lives of the disciples and to the first church which was created, representing the body of Christ.
As you grow in Christ, your will, character, and personality begin to develop and become more like His, and the Holy Spirit aids in this process through the Fruit of the Holy Spirit. Maybe you have noticed, since your new birth in Christ, that you don't think, talk, or behave in the ways you used to before being saved. It is because you are being changed from the inside out--into a new person.
I think this is one of the most majestic and unique miracles ever displayed by God. He can completely turn the worst sinner ever found, into a righteous person-a new creation, who is then fit for His kingdom!
This is how the bible explains it in:
The Fruit of the Spirit is characterized by remarkable traits it brings to the believer in Christ, creating the values and guidelines that mark his/her Christian faith. Some of these are difficult to live by, as I too have experienced. However, as you grow in your faith, the Holy Spirit will help to change your life, your heart, and your desires into those that please Him. Ultimately, the Holy Spirit helps transform you into a being who is just like Christ. This is an exciting truth about living the Christian life!
These passages of scripture give the characteristics of and instructs us on what the Fruit of the Spirit are and how we are to apply them to our lives:
As you go about your daily life, remember how Christ is changing you to be just like Him, and is doing it through the Holy Spirit's work in you. You are becoming fit for the Master's use now here on earth; and ultimately will become perfect on that most precious day in which you will see His face!
In closing, I go to one of the most helpful passages of scripture I have found to describe how possessing the Fruit of the Spirit can encourage us as we continue in our faith as believers in Christ, to march on toward His will and purpose in our lives, giving us a blessed hope for all eternity:
1 Peter 1:3-9 empowers us in saying: "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to His abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you; Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom; though now ye see Him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls." Amen
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