3/29/2019 9:42:38 AM
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23
Christian character is not mere moral or legal correctness, but the possession and manifestation of nine graces. Character as an inward state is revealed in the believer through love, joy, and peace. The outward expression of a Christians character toward our fellow man is longsuffering, gentleness, and goodness. Christian character toward God is expressed through faith, meekness, and temperance.
Putting these characteristics together they present a moral portrait of Christ, and may be taken as the apostle's explanation of Galatians 2:20 "not I, but Christ." These characteristics are possible because of the vital union a believer has with Christ; and is wholly the fruit of the Spirit in those who are yielded to Him.
Pastor Paul Cook