Question #33: Describe the “fruit of the Spirit.”
Answer: As described in Gal 5, beginning in verse 22, the fruit of the Spirit is “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” Love is that of sacrificial nature first towards God, then towards others. It is this love that prefers to tell the truth rather than beat around the bush.
The joy spoken of here is not necessarily a happiness based on an event. It is a rejoicing in that God has redeemed His people. Although it will bring happiness and blessedness, joy is a constant thing in the believer for he/she is secure in the love of Christ.
Longsuffering is patience, an endurance based out of a confidence in God.
Gentleness is kindness out of a heart that is secured in Christ.
Goodness is that Christian-like attitude that is based out of a heart that has been made righteous by the imputation of the perfect righteousness of Christ.
Faith is that faithfulness and reliability, a trustworthiness.
Meekness is gentleness that is opposed to harshness or rudeness.
Temperance is self-control. Jay Adams considers self-control as the higher manifestation of a life that is truly guided by the Spirit of God.
What an appropriate Q and A for Thanksgiving Day. May your shine forth this thanksgiving day with the fruit of the Spirit!