July 30, 2017
5 Marks: Fruit of the Spirit: Faithfulness, Gentleness, Self-Control
I look most like Jesus when the fruit of the Spirit is on display in my life. That’s the reality of the Christian life. We look like Jesus when our lives demonstrate love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. In this message, pastor Yogi finishes up our look at the fruit of the Spirit.
Faithfulness is the glue that holds these nine virtues together. The word that Paul uses here, pistis, is the same word he uses for “faith.” Faith is a firm persuasion or confidence in something or someone. In the Bible, the word “faithfulness” is used most often to describe the character of God. God is the one who is worthy of our trust, and the only one who can truly be counted upon.
Gentleness is the same word that Jesus uses in the beatitudes when he says, “Blessed are the meek.” Gentleness is not weakness; instead, it is power under control. In Matthew 11, Jesus describes himself as gentle. He has all authority and power, but in his relationship with us, he is meek.
Self-control, or temperance, describes a person who has mastered his or her own passions and desires. The Bible tells us that a person who demonstrates self-control has their emotions and passions under control in regard to food, sex, anger, alcohol, and the tongue.