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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Evidence Of Spiritual Growth

Galatians 5:22-23

…The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance; against such here is no law.

In our previous discussion the focus was Spiritual Growth is Righteousness; today's focus discussion is answering the implied question of what evidence there is of one's spiritual growth. Our scripture text provides the answer in that when believers walk in the Spirit of God and yield more control to the indwelling Spirit of God, then these attributes are manifested in our lives as these are character traits of the Triune God.
Let us look at some of the spiritual fruits that believers manifest because of our love for God and spiritual growth.  God loved us when we didn't love Him and provided for our salvation through His Son Jesus Christ who paid our sin-debt. There is unspeakable joy that believers have from being in fellowship with the Lord. There is no joy like the joy of the Lord as He Himself enjoys fellow shipping with His people. Then there is longsuffering which means patience in the sense God is giving time for repentance. Just as God is longsuffering with us we should be with one another. Everyday we witness the goodness of God in that He provides for our every need, protects us daily and throughout the day, then there is His gentleness even in His punishment He is gentle to bring about good in our lives.
Believers, bear fruit of the Spirit as we are of the tree of God's righteousness.
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