Walking in Self-Control

Read Galatians 5:22-23 with 1Corinthians 9:24-27

The final virtue of the Fruit of the Spirit - Self-Control, is perhaps the most challenging. It is to be applied to all areas of our life: thoughts and intents of the heart, words and attitudes toward others, and all the appetites of the flesh - eating, drinking, sexual conduct, sleep, emotions, on and on. Yet, here we are not left to ourselves, but are given the Spirit to empower, and the constant care of our Saviour to give grace.

Walking in Gentleness

Read Galatians 5:22-23 with Numbers 12:1-16

Gentleness is a characteristic we do not always appreciate. Many see it as a weakness, or a powerless virtue associated with enduring suffering in a quiet manner. It is, in truth, a virtue of strength. The Holy Spirit gives this to enable the believer to lovingly care for another, in a lowly humble manner, where, in exercising restraint of pride, you do not lash out against another harshly, even though they provoke you. Moses was an example of gentlleness [meekness], and Christ was the preeminent gentle Saviour

Walking in Faithfulness

Read Galatians 5:22-23 with Luke 16:1-13

As a virtue of the Fruit of the Spirit, faithfulness works against our flesh to make us trustworthy, dependable and loyal disciples of Jesus Christ. It is a virtue that relates to our own soul's desire to follow Christ. It is an attribute of God, who s ever faithful to himself, and that faithfulness of God is seen in both his justice and mercy exercised.

Walking in Goodness

Read Galatians 5:22-23 with Romans 12:9-21

Goodness is the third virtue dealing specifically with our relationships with others. As it is an attribute of God, our understanding of goodness must be frame by him. Goodness is about doing good works that are of moral excellence and generous grace. The Holy Spirit helps us to be a people of goodness by drawing us more and more into the goodness of God worked in our own life. When we do good works, people will see them and glorify our Father in Heaven.

Walking in Kindness

Read Galatians 5:22-23 with Luke 10:25-37

The Fruit of the Spirit holds forth nine virtues, which become increasingly challenging for Christians to exercise; not because we do not have the virtue [by the very presence of the Spirit they are present within each believer], but because of the depth and extent of these virtues upon our life. When it comes to kindness, "Christianis einai Chrestianis" - Christians are kindness people [Tertullian]. We are not seeking a secular humanistic exercise of kindness that is random, but the divine character of kindness that is compassionate love at work toward those in need.

Walking in Longsuffering

Read Galatians 5:22-23 with Colossians 3:1-17

Continuing on in the Fruit of the Spirit, we see the virtue of Longsuffering. Longsuffering is much more than just patience; it is the endurance of offences and provocations without giving in to the lusts of the flesh in anger, hatred, jealousies or vengeance, so that mercy may prevail. In this message we hear of the need of this virtue as it flows from God toward us, and from us to others.

Walking in Peace

Read Galatians 5:22-23 with Philippians 4:1-9

Peace is a sought after commodity in our world, yet the Lord declares that the ungodly will not know the way of peace. That is because, like love and joy, peace originates with God. Jesus the Prince of peace, the Father, the God of peace, the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of peace - it flows from God, and apart from Christ we cannot know peace in our life. Listen, as we hear God shwoing us the path of peace in our life.

Walking in Love [2]

Read Galatians 5:22-23 with 1Corinthians 13:1-13

Walking in the Spirit is obeying and walking in the most repeated command of the New Testament - "Love one another." The last sermon defined "Love" as an attribute of God, which love has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. This message reveals pratically how that love works out of us in relation to one another.

Walk in Love [1]

Read Galatians 5:22-23 with 1John 4:7-19

Love is not something the world can understand or exercise apart from God, for God is Love. As believers we have been given this grace in the fruit of the Spirit, and are able to love God and love one another because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Spirit. Listen to the importance this love has in our life as a believer.