Inside/Outside #28

The fruit of the Spirit is obvious:  gentleness…faithfulness….self-control

On this 28th of September we are at sea voyaging toward the Panama Canal and as of this writing as far as I know all is well and so are we.

Today we wrap up the Spirit born fruit which should and can become obviously dangling from our lives. Such is for those whose lives are hungering for a taste and flavor that is sweet in order to compensate for the bitter dregs which we have been dragged through by virtue of our own lives and the lives of others.

A bad tree is unable to yield good fruit: Matthew 7:17-19 Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

By definition, gentleness is having and showing a mild, tender temperament and character with sensitivity both in voice and behavior. Psalm 18:35 “You have given me the shield of your salvation, and your right hand supported me, and your gentleness made me great.” As it was then, so should it be now. Receiving the shield of His salvation and the right hand of His support and the enhancement of His gentleness we too can pass on to others the likeness, liberty and love which He has transmitted to us.

By definition, faithfulness is remaining loyal, steadfast, trustworthy and reliable in the presence and danger posed by circumstances and situations over which you are not a part of the problem or solution. Consider these verses on the subject. Proverbs 11:13“A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret.” Proverbs14:55 “A faithful witness does not lie, but a false witness breathes out lies.” Proverbs 27:6 “Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy.” Proverbs 28:20 “A faithful man will be richly blessed, but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished.” 1 Corinthians 4:2 “Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.”

By definition, self-control is the ability to control oneself pertaining particularly to one’s emotions and desires especially related to difficult situations. This fruit of the Spirit requires, as do they all that the Spirit be not resisted, not lied to, not quenched and not grieved. Such negatives will surely rotten the tree and spoil and sour the fruit.