Day 13 of Integrity Training

a) Study the 9 fold fruit of the Holy Spirit. Galatians 5:22-23

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

I find the following commentary by Henry Matthews very illustrative: Paul particularly recommends to us, love, to God especially, and to one another for his sake, – joy, by which may be understood cheerfulness in conversation with our friends, or rather a constant delight in God, – peace, with God and conscience, or a peaceableness of temper and behaviour towards others, – long-suffering, patience to defer anger, and a contentedness to bear injuries, – gentleness, such a sweetness of temper, and especially towards our inferiors, as disposes us to be affable and courteous, and easy to be entreated when any have wronged us, – goodness (kindness, beneficence), which shows itself in a readiness to do good to all as we have opportunity, – faith, fidelity, justice, and honesty, in what we profess and promise to others, – meekness, wherewith to govern our passions and resentments, so as not to be easily provoked, and, when we are so, to be soon pacified, – and temperance, in meat and drink, and other enjoyments of life, so as not to be excessive and immoderate in the use of them. Concerning these things, or those in whom these fruits of the Spirit are found, the apostle says, There is no law against them, to condemn and punish them. Yea, hence it appears that they are not under the law, but under grace; for these fruits of the Spirit, in whomsoever they are found, plainly show that such are led by the Spirit, and consequently that they are not under the law, as Gal_5:18.

b) Evaluate your contributions to State failure.

How can the fruit of the spirit help you to make amends.

c) Carry out 30-45 minute spiritual exercises for new perspectives and building in what you learnt in a) above.

d) Strengthen character.

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Morayo Atinmo

    How does one strengthen character.?
    I would say it’s by taking and practising spiritual vitamins and letting the fruit of the spirit manifest in one’s relationships.
    Is there anything to add to this to strengthen character please. Thank you

    1. Yemi Oliyide

      Yes ma, the 9 fold fruit of the spirit. Putting on the attitude of the Lord Jesus as well as the fruit of integrity which will launch us both on the offensive and defend us at all times.

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