But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23
Did you notice that the “Fruit of the Spirit” is not written as fruits. That’s because these characteristics are all in one fruit. We cannot have one without the other. How can we say we have meekness and temperance but there is no love demonstrated. There is a blemish in that fruit.
If we wondering why we continued to go through the same trial, it’s because the blemish on our fruit was inspected and it did not pass the test.
2 Corinthians 13:5 (NLT) says, “Examine yourselves to see if your faith if genuine. Test yourselves. Surely you know that Jesus Christ is among you; if not you failed the test of genuine faith.”
Are you still wearing that old outfit? It’s pretty outdated and is very unbecoming. It’s time to put on the new outfit that our Father has bought. Come on put it on. It is one size fits all!
You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all. Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Colossians 3:7-14 (NIV)
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