But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,Love - This love is not warm fuzzy feelings, this love is God's love, this is unselfish, unabashed, genuine love of God and others as you love yourself. This love is good will and devotion to others. This love is given freely without deserving, and with no expectations.
Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.John 13:34-35
This is the first and great commandment.
And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.John 15:9-13
By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.John 3:16
If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.
These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.Joy - Happiness does not equal joy. Joy is completely independent of happiness, joy is not based on the good or bad things that happen in life, it is based on God's purpose for your life rather than the daily circumstances.
These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.James 1:2-3
My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;1 Peter 1:8-9
Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:Psalm 27:6
Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD.John 16:22
And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.Romans 14:17
For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.Peace - Is not the absence of trouble, but the presence of tranquility, the contentment of knowing that God controls the events of the day. The ability to turn life over to God and His Will.
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.John 14:27
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.John 16:33
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.Proverbs 16:7
When a man's ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.Long-suffering - Patience, lenience, perseverance, steadfastness. Enduring the trials and tribulations of daily life without lashing out.
2 Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.Ephesians 4:2-3
With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;Romans 5:3-4
Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;Gentleness - Kindness, meeting the needs of others, and the absence of malice.
And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.Colossians 4:5-6
Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.2 Timothy 2:24-26
Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,Goodness - The character of God, to do good and see good done.
In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;
And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.James 1:17
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.Galatians 6:9-10
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.Matthew 12:35
As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.Titus 3:8
This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.Faith - Unwavering knowledge, belief, and trust in God, his Son, and the Holy Ghost, God's purpose for our life and His plan for the world.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.2 Samuel 22:31
For by it the elders obtained a good report.
Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him.2 Kings 18:5
He trusted in the LORD God of Israel; so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor any that were before him.Romans 1:17
For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.1 Corinthians 2:5
That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.2 Corinthians 5:7
(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)2 Corinthians 3:4-5
And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward:Meekness - Meekness is not weakness. Meekness is the selfless, humble, controlled power of God in the Christians life.
Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.1 Peter 5:5
Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.Psalm 25:9
The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.James 4:6
But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.1 Peter 3:15-16
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:Temperance - Control, self control, allowing God's will and Spirit to control our fleshly desires, all things in moderation. Putting away of self, selfish desires, separation from the world.
Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.
Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;2 Peter 1:5-8
And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;Proverbs 25:28
And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.Philippians 4:5
Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.1 Corinthians 9:24-27
Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.Against such there is no law. - Living in fellowship with God, His Son, and the Holy Ghost (Spirit), partaking of these fruits, provides the Christian liberty and freedom under God's wonderful grace.
And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.
I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:
But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.
Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.Galatians 5:13-14
For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.Galatians 5:18
For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.John 8:36
If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.By God's wonderful love and grace, we are free from the consequences of sin. We have the promise of everlasting life. Abundant and full life, full of joy through our Lord and Savior.