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path-lightIn our walk with God, there are two paths to avoid: Legalism & Libertinism

Legalism is an attempt to produce godliness through rule-keeping and Libertinism is an abuse of the liberty which we have in Christ.

God calls us to a better and more balanced way:  This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. (Galatians 5:16)

During the summer months of 2014 we studied the various aspects of the Fruit of the Spirit and here share the outlines for your personal use:

 

Walking in Love

Identifying the Fruit

    • Word: ag-ah’-pay
    • Definition:  Self-sacrificial affection
    • Scripture:  John 15:9-17

Cultivating the Heart

    • Uproot the noxious weed of selfishness
    • Till the ground by meditating on God’s love
    • Water the soil with scripture and prayer

Walking the Walk

    • Love is manifest in keeping God’s commands
    • Love is more of a choice than a feeling
    • Love is our greatest witness to the world

 

Walking in Joy

Identifying the Fruit

    • Word: khar-ah’
    • Definition:  A felt awareness of God’s favor
    • Scripture: Philippians 4:4-7

Cultivating the Heart

    • Uproot the noxious weed of anxiety
    • Till the ground with prayer and supplication
    • Water the soil with the giving of thanks

Walking the Walk  

    • Joy is evoked by praise and worship
    • Joy is enjoyed through daily obedience
    • Joy is experienced even in hardship

 

Walking in Peace

Identifying the Fruit

    • Word:  i-ray’-nay
    • Definition:  A sense of wholeness or harmony
    • Scripture: Numbers 6:24-26

Cultivating the Heart

    • Uproot the noxious weed of unbelief
    • Till the ground with God’s promises
    • Water the soil with trust, faith, and obedience

Walking the Walk

    • Peace is outpoured from heaven above
    • Peace is extended horizontally to others
    • Peace is able to guard the heart and mind

 

Walking with Longsuffering

Identifying the Fruit

    • Word: makro-thoo-mee’-ah
    • Definition: Suffering much (i.e., without sinning)
    • Scripture: 1 Peter 2:18-25

Cultivating the Heart

    • Uproot the noxious weeds of pride and wrath
    • Till the ground with study of God’s longsuffering
    • Water the soil with much prayer (Col. 1:9-11)

Walking the Walk  

    • Long-suffering presupposes conflict (c.f., context)
    • Long-suffering prevents the loss of our temper
    • Long-suffering proves the Holy Spirit’s presence

 

Walking in Kindness

Identifying the Fruit

    • Word: khray-stot’-ace
    • Definition: To be “easy” going or “useful”
    • Scripture: 2 Samuel 9:1-13

Cultivating the Heart

    • Uproot the noxious weed of unapproachableness
    • Till the ground with thoughts of God’s kindness
    • Water the soil with practical acts of selflessness

Walking the Walk  

    • Kindness is absent in natural man (Rom. 3:12)
    • Kindness is assumes a family bond (root: kin)
    • Kindness is adapted to each particular need

 

Walking in Goodness

Identifying the Fruit

    • Word: ag-ath-o-soo’-nay
    • Definition: Uprightness of heart and life
    • Scripture: Galatians 6:9-10

Cultivating the Heart

    • Uproot the noxious weed of weariness
    • Till the ground with thoughts of reaping
    • Water the soil with daily acts of goodness

Walking the Walk  

    • Goodness is dependent on regeneration
    • Goodness is demonstrated outwardly
    • Goodness is defined by God commands

 

Walking in Faithfulness

Identifying the Fruit

    • Word:  pis’-tis
    • Definition: Personal Reliability
    • Scripture: Proverbs 20:6, 25:19, 28:20

Cultivating the Heart

    • Uproot the noxious weed of excuses
    • Till the ground with sensible commitments
    • Water the soil with promises promptly kept

Walking the Walk  

    • Faithfulness is reflective of Christ
    • Faithfulness is refreshing to others
    • Faithfulness is rewarded in the end

 

Walking in Meekness

Identifying the Fruit

    • Word:  prah-oo’-tace
    • Definition: Unassuming strength
    • Scripture: Numbers 12:3

Cultivating the Heart

    • Uproot the noxious weed of personal wrath
    • Till the ground with deep humility under God
    • Water the soil with unshakable convictions

Walking the Walk  

    • Meekness appears as weakness to others
    • Meekness opposes iniquity when necessary
    • Meekness inherits the earth in the end

 

Walking with Self-control

Identifying the Fruit

    • Word:  eng-krat’-i-ah
    • Definition: Power over one’s impulses
    • Scripture: Proverbs 25:28, 16:32, 23:21

Cultivating the Heart

    • Uproot the noxious weed of indulgence
    • Till the ground by identifying weak areas
    • Water the soil with personal commitments

Walking the Walk  

    • Self-control may require initial abstinence
    • Self-control moves toward careful moderation
    • Self-control masters the lust of the flesh