Posted by: Mark | December 11, 2009

Christians ? (part 2)

This post is a series and the first part can be found here.

The last time I wrote I ended with the question, “What is the result of having the Spirit of God dwell within us?“. Or put another way, when I am a Christian what should I be like and what should I do be doing. This time I want to look at the first result of having the Spirit of God living within us.

Resulting Character

My Apple Mac defines character as the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual. I am going to define a Christian’s character as the fruit of the Spirit. Recently in our family we tried an experiment with planting different things in a spare lot beside our house. Among other things we planted some pineapples. As it turned out our pineapples didn’t want to produce fruit and just grew up as pointy green leaves. This does not happen with the Spirit of God. He is not a bad seed that does not produce fruit. The presence of the Spirit in someone’s life does not have a neutral affect producing no change and resulting in someone indistinguishable from the world.

When Christ was on the earth he said “So then, you will know them by their fruits” (Matthew 7.20). This was the result of a logical argument where he said that grapes don’t grow on thorn bushes or figs on thistles. Or to put it another way, you get the fruit from the seed that you plant. If you plant an apple seed you get apples not oranges or bananas. If you plant a tomato plant you will get tomatoes not cucumbers. If the Spirit is planted in your life you will get Spiritual fruit and not earthly fruit.

This Spiritual fruit can be shown to be several things, but, the best example and definition of it can be found in Galations 5 where we can see what it is and what it is not.

This would be a long post to go through all that it was not and what it was so I will just list the things that must be in a Christian’s life as they are the fruit (singular said on purpose as it is one fruit with many parts not something we can pick and choose at) of the Spirit.

… the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Galations 5.22-23)

So as Christians as we examine our own lives would we call ourselves loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle and self-controlled people? If not is the Spirit of God in our lives?


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