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The Fruit of the Spirit

Galatians 5:22-23 "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law."

When we have the fruit of the Spirit then we do not have any sin in us.

Galatians 5:9 "A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump."

A little leaven will take our mind off of the fruit of the Spirit.

Galatians 5:17-18 "For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law."

If we believe in the Spirit then the Spirit will fight the lust of the flesh. If we do the fruit of the Spirit then we are not under the law.

Galatians 5:19-21 "Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the Kingdom if God."

If we have these things in our life then we will not enter into the Kingdom of God.   Mary Huff

FRIENDS

What is a friend? What do you look for in a friend? The Webster Dictionary defines a friend as a person whom one knows well and is fond of; one who is a supporter, helpful, and reliable.

Do you have friends because you or your folks have money and nice things? Proverbs 19:4 says wealth will make many friends, but will they stick to you like honey? A friend should be like honey, sticky, not letting loose. A friend is to stick closer than a brother. (Proverbs 18:24)

Would your friends stick by you if you were in trouble with the law, and have to spend time in jail? Would they come visit you, or would they turn aside? What about if your folks lost all their money and nice things, would they still be your friends? Do you have friends like Job did, who condemn and criticize you for your way of life? (Job 32:3)

The best friend that you can have is Jesus Christ. He doesn't care whether you are rich or poor, pretty or ugly, good or bad. He is always there.

Jesus is your friend when you do wrong. In the story of the adulterous woman, John 8:1-11, the scribes and Pharisees wanted the woman to be punished for the wrong she had done. They took her to Jesus so that He could punish her. Jesus was concerned because she had sinned, but He still loved her anyways. His only comment was that she wasn't to sin anymore. He didn't condemn her nor leave her. Jesus will still love you, too. He just wants what is best for you.

Do your friends wound you with their words? "Who hath woe? Who hath sorrow? Who hath contentions? Who hath babbling? Who hath wounds without cause? Who hath redness of eyes?" Proverbs 23:29 Are those wounds (hurts) without cause? People who talk about you and criticize you behind your back aren't true friends. "He that blesseth his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, it shall be counted a curse to him." Proverbs 27:14 and Psalm 41:9 "Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me". These kind of people who think they are blessing you with their loud voices but speaking evil behind your back are not true friends. You aren't a true friend either if you are doing the same thing.

A friend is a person who will lay his life down for you. He also isn't a respecter of persons. In John 15:13 Jesus says, "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." This is exactly what Jesus Christ did for each and every one of us. He laid His life down at the cross for us so that our sins may be forgiven, so that we may have eternal life.

Again, why are your friends your friends? Are they your friends because of wealth, position, or good looks? Or are they your friends because you truly care about them, not only their physical being, but their spiritual being too.

Proverbs 18:24 "A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother."

If you want to truly have friends, and be a friend to others, then you must be as Jesus and look at what is in the persons heart, and not on what they look like outwardly. You must also treat them as you would like to be treated.       Kathy Huff


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