FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Galatians 5:22-23
Yahweh wants to transmit and impart nine specific fruits of His Holy Spirit into our personalities.
Here are some simple definitions on what love is from the different Bible dictionaries and commentaries:
- Unselfish, benevolent concern for another; brotherly concern; the object of brotherly concern or affection
- Self-denying, self-sacrificing, Yahshua-like love
- Unselfish, loyal and benevolent concern for the well being of another
- The high esteem which Yahweh has for His human children and the high regard which they, in turn, should have for Him and other people
- To love, to have affection for someone; to like; to be a friend; the love of brothers for each other
One of the main messages that comes through loud and clear from studying our Bible is the extreme importance that Yahweh is placing on that everyone learn how to love Him, love ourselves, love one another, and to even go as far as to be able to love our enemies and those who will try and hurt us.
It is only when the love of Yahweh’s Holy Spirit starts to flow and enter into our personalities can we even begin to love Yahweh, love ourselves, and love one another to the degree and to the intensity that Yahweh would like to see from each one of us.
You can be the greatest woman of Yahweh and have some of the greatest gifts of Yahweh flowing through you - but if you are not walking with all of this in the spirit of love and humility, it will have all been for naught.
In the rough and tough world we live in with all of the crime, disorder and bad things that can happen to anyone of us at anytime - many Believers have lost a lot of their joy in Yahweh as a result of some of the beatings they have taken in this life.
With the imperfections of our own fallen nature, and then you combine that with how people react differently to adversity - some Believers have literally had most, if not all of their joy in Yahweh, knocked right out of them.
We could use a fresh infusion of His divine qualities due to the leaks that have occurred as a result of some of the beatings we have taken during the course of our lives. Joy is a much needed quality in this day and age. No matter how bad of a beating you may have taken in this life - Yahweh can still fully heal, deliver and restore you if you are willing to work with Him in this healing process.
One of the things that Yahweh can fully restore in you is your joy in Him. And not only can Yahweh fully restore what joy you used to have in Him, but by His power He can increase it to a much greater degree and intensity.
Here are some of the different definitions of what real joy is all about:
- Great delight; gladness of heart
- The happy state that results from knowing and serving Yahweh
- That deep, abiding, inner rejoicing in Yahweh
- To rejoice, to be glad
- Happy, joyful, cheerful, rejoicing, festive
The Bible says that the joy of Yahweh is your strength. This is why it is so important that every Believer have some level of Yahweh's joy operating through them in this life. Without Yahweh's joy operating in your life, things can begin to dry up. Nothing is ever fun anymore. Everything can start to become a chore. Before you know it, you will want to start to withdraw from others and life in general.
The joy of Yahweh can really give you an incredible surge of strength in your own daily walk with Yahweh - especially when you have to take on some really tough situations. This is why each of us should work very closely with Yahweh’s Holy Spirit in not only asking Him to release His joy into our systems, but to keep it running through them on a regular and consistent basis.
Yahweh’s power will do this for you if you are open to receiving this divine infusion from Him and are willing to work with Him to keep it properly flowing through you on a regular basis.
This is another major quality that we all need operating in our lives, especially with all of the uncertainty of this life and never knowing what is going to happen next.
Jobs are no longer as secure as they used to be. You never know when your child will become ill, a major earthquake will hit, or you will lose someone you loved. Not to mention, we are all forced to constantly live under the threat of future terrorist activity - never knowing when or where the next attack will come from.
I have found that once His peace starts to flow up into your mind, soul and personality, it really is as the Bible says - a peace that surpasses all human understanding - especially when that peace comes in right in the middle of a severe storm cloud that you may be going through.
Here is how the quality of peace is described in some of the different Bible dictionaries and commentaries:
- The presence and experience of right relationships
- The tranquility of soul
- Sense of well-being and fulfillment that comes from Yahweh and is dependent on His presence
- The inner tranquility and poise of the Believer whose trust is in Yahweh through Yahshua the Messiah
- Tranquility, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord
The quality of peace should be one of the main qualities that you should try and get worked up into your soul through Yahweh’s power. Without the peace of Yahweh operating in your life, you could become very easily rattled, shaken, tormented and knocked right off of your game in Yahweh the first time any adversity should come your way. And I’m speaking first hand.
One of the main definitions of the word longsuffering is that it is referring to patience. Patience is another sorely needed quality in this crazy world in which we live in today.
Just watch people standing in line at the grocery store or at your local fast food restaurant and watch how short some people's fuses are today. I’ve seen people flip out right in front of me. Road rage is a huge problem on some of our highways. Look at someone the wrong way and they will try to take your head off. Many people have been killed or seriously injured because someone lost his temper over something that was very trivial.
With the fast paced ways of our society, many people have had their fuses shortened up and now it takes very little to set them off. As a result, many people have very little patience operating in their personalities.
For Believers, this poses a major dilemma. One of the ways of Yahweh is that He is very patient and longsuffering. His ways are not our ways. And one of the things you will find out very early on about His ways is that He works on a much slower time frame than we do. And unless we learn to adjust to His slower way of working things out - we will find ourselves easily losing your patience with Him and how He wants to work things out in your life.
You will really have to work on seeking Yahweh’s power on this particular quality to get it properly worked up into your very core. You may notice, your own impatience will start to act up and try to override the patience and longsuffering that Yahweh can produce. At times, it may become of battle of wills - your will against His will.
But once the Holy Spirit manifests this quality into your personality, then you have to try and move with it and allow it to get worked into your mind and emotions, everyday and in everyway. If you do, then His patience will start to override your impatience, and before you know it, your fuses will start to lengthen and you won't lose your patience like you used to do.
Here are the different definitions for the word longsuffering:
- Forbearance, patience
- Patient endurance and steadfastness under provocation (irritation, annoyance, frustrations)
- Forbearance under ill-will, with no thought of retaliation, restraint
- Patience, endurance, steadfastness and forbearance (leniency)
- Forbearance under suffering and endurance in the face of adversity
- Ability to endure persecution and ill-treatment
With the way all of these definitions are reading, you can really see why we all need patience and longsuffering operating in our souls and personalities - especially when we are forced to have to face any kind of adversity. Many times it will be the patience and longsuffering produced through Yahweh’s power that will be the only thing that will give you the ability to last the entire length of a storm cloud or trial.
Learn to ride and flow with the patience of Yahweh’s Spirit in your daily life and walk with Him - and you will then be able to enter into a much more restful and peaceful state within your mind and emotions.
As a result of more people being impatient, having short fuses and with everyone always being in a hurry - many people have lost the ability to treat others with kindness and respect. A kind word, a kind action to another person can really do wonders.
When you study the life of Yahshua in the New Testament, you can really tell how kind He always was with other people in His dealings with them. Yahshua is without question, the ultimate role model for all of us of someone who was fully operating in all 9 fruits of the Holy Spirit.
The quality of kindness will go hand in hand with the quality of love. Once Yahweh Starts to transmit His powerful love into your life, the quality of kindness will follow right along with it. It will become much easier for you to be able to be kind to others once the love of Yahweh starts to flow more into your personality.
You won’t be able to help but be more kind to others if Yahweh's love is flowing through you. Once Yahweh’s love starts to operate and flow through you to touch others, many of the other fruits will start to follow suit in domino fashion.
Here are some of the different definitions of what real kindness is all about:
- Quality or state of being kind
- The steadfast love that maintains relationships through gracious aid in times of need
- Goodness of heart, serviceable, good, gracious, pleasant
- Love for mankind, hospitality, acts of kindness, readiness to help, human friendship, benevolence (compassion), taking thought of others
- Goodness in action, sweetness of disposition, gentleness in dealing with others, affability (friendliness)
- The ability to act for the welfare of those taxing your patience
The last one REALLY got me! As you can see from some of these different definitions, this is a very beautiful quality to have. Not only will you be able to touch others with this Yahweh-like quality, but you will also be able to reach yourself. You will feel so much better about yourself if you can learn to treat others with much more kindness and respect in your daily dealings and affairs with them.
The Bible says that it is the goodness of Yahweh that will lead sinners to repentance and salvation. The quality of goodness is another really powerful quality to have operating through you.
This particular quality has a real drawing power to it. Not only does the goodness of Yahweh draw people direct to Him, but I believe the fruit of goodness operating in us can help draw people directly to Yahweh. If we are walking around with many of these fruits operating in our lives, we are like a magnet. I believe many people who have come to know Yahweh and Yahshua our Savior through individuals, would say that what drew them in was the love and goodness they saw shining through that believer. Yahshua says that we are to carry His light and we are to let that light shine before men and not attempt to hide it. Part of His light are these 9 character traits shining through us as believers. Nonbelievers are really drawn to someone who has some degree of these nine fruits manifesting through them.
There is something extra special about the quality of goodness. Many Believers can effectively witness to others by just living right and being a good example and role model for others to follow. Many nonbelievers carefully watch and study some Believers because they know there is something different about them. As a result of seeing this Yahweh-like goodness deeply ingrained into their personalities, there is an immediate drawing towards them.
One of the key qualities a nonbeliever will quickly pick up on in a solid Believer is this quality of goodness. This quality has an ability to really get down deep into the core of a believer's personality. To those who really have this quality, you can tell that it is something operating deep down inside of them. This quality is not something that waivers like some of the other qualities can. These people are good down to their very cores of their personalities. You can see it and feel it when you get around these types of people. You feel safe around them because you know you can totally trust them and you know they would never deliberately hurt you.
Believers with this kind of quality draw children and adults alike to them like magnets. This is why this particular fruit and quality is so important for each of us to have. With it, you can easily draw many more people to Yahweh.
If the goodness of Yahweh will lead people to repentance and salvation - then the goodness of Yahweh operating through you will have the ability to draw nonbelievers into salvation. You can have the actual goodness of Yahweh shining through you to reach others if you are willing to develop this fruit.
Here are some of the different definitions of what this quality is all about:
- Ready to do good, love in action
- Kindness in actual manifestation (demonstration or expression), virtue equipped for action, a bountiful propensity both to will and to do what is good, inherent or built-in goodness producing a generosity and a Yahweh-like state or being
This particular quality is a very powerful fruit to have operating in your personality because of the drawing power it has in it. The most beautiful part about this fruit is that this quality is so pure in its goodness - it doesn't have any manipulative qualities within it.
In other words, a truly good person could not even begin to try and use you or manipulate you for his own personal gain because he is too good and too righteous to even begin to think along those lines. This is why these kinds of people are so trustworthy, and why so many people are drawn to them - because you feel so safe by just being around them.
In the times we live in with half of all marriages still ending up in divorce or being stabbed in the back by someone we might have initially trusted - this particular quality is one that is really needed in our day and age. This quality is not only needed in our own personal relationship with Yahweh, but it is also needed in our personal relationships with our friends and our families.
Once you have entered into a relationship with Yahweh - one of the first things you will really have to grab a hold of is holding fast to Yahweh and staying faithful to Him for the rest of your earthly life. Once you have entered into a true personal relationship with Yahweh, there should be no turning back - ever!
This is what got the Israelite people in major trouble with Yahweh back in the Old Testament. They could not stay faithful and loyal to Him on a consistent and regular basis. There were times that Yahweh was literally calling them harlots and adulterers because they would not stay faithful to Him, especially when they kept chasing after other deities.
Yahweh really holds this particular quality in high esteem, and this is one quality that He will really expect you to operate very strongly in - not only in your own personal relationship with Him, but also in your other personal relationships with your family and friends. In other words, He wants you to be faithful and loyal to your spouses, to your children, to your parents and to your friends.
Too many people are bailing out from their spouses and their children if they hit a few minor speed bumps in their marriages. Too many spouses are having affairs behind their spouse's back, thereby destroying all of the trust and faithfulness that may have been built up in the early years of their marriages. Too many times people are bailing out of their marriages, and then forgetting and forsaking their own children - and sometimes for good, never wanting to see any of them ever again!
If Yahweh brings you a mate, children, and friends - then He will expect you to stay loyal and faithful to all of them in your own personal relationships with them. True friends will stay by your side for life - through thick and thin and for better or for worse.
Just as Yahweh will stay faithful to you in His own personal relationship with you - He will expect you to stay loyal and faithful in your own personal relationships with others.
Again, here are some things different Bible dictionaries and commentaries have to say about this particular quality:
- Fidelity (devoted, loyal) which makes one true to his promise and faithful to his task
- Steadfast, dedicated, dependable and worthy of trust, reliable
- Steadfast, unchanging and thoroughly grounded in relation to the other
- Dependability, loyalty and stability
With the self-centered and materialistic world in which we now live in, where many people's only goals and ambitions are to get as much as they can out of this life - I'm afraid this is one quality that is in very short supply. Most people are considered lucky if they manage to make 2 or 3 good, true, loyal and faithful friends in this lifetime.
This is one quality that Yahweh is really watching all of us on. He is watching who is going to stay true, loyal and faithful to Him - and who will stay true, loyal and faithful to the friends and family that are brought into our lives.
The flesh is strong - especially in the area of wanting to satisfy its lust for the material and sexual things of this life. We all need the faithfulness of Yahweh’s power working in us to help keep us loyal to Yahweh, spouses, family and friends.
There are so many times when Yahshua himself set the example by dealing with people very gently. His gentle way of handling people is what really jumps out at you when you really study how He handled different types of people.
Yahshua is the perfect role model for all of us to study and learn from - especially with how He handled people while He was walking down here on our earth. One of the qualities that He had operating in Him with great abundance was the quality of gentleness.
The quality of gentleness is another major quality needed in our world today. So many people have been beat up and hurt in their dealings with other people - that just a gentle word, a gentle touch from another Believer can really open up the door for that person to be able to receive Yahshua and His healing, saving and delivering power into their lives.
Once you really start allowing Yahweh’s power to operate and flow through you - you'll really be able to feel and sense when you should handle a certain person or a certain type of situation with more of a touch of gentleness rather than with any kind of stern rebuke or condemnation. There is a time for tough love - but there are also times that just a gentle and loving touch is all that is really needed to properly handle a certain situation.
Yahweh can guide you in all of this. Realize that the quality of gentleness is one of the 9 fruits of the Spirit, and is especially helpful in being able to use it when dealing with and helping out others, this includes our children.
It can be very easy to get out of balance with the way we are correcting our children. If all your children ever hear from you are stern words of rebuke and criticism, and it is never properly balanced out with words and actions of love, kindness and gentleness - then after a certain period of time your children will start to pull away from you and they will have no more interest or desire in wanting to establish a good, solid, loving and deep personal relationship with you.
Here are some of the different definitions on the quality of gentleness:
- Mildness combined with tenderness
- Gracious, kindly disposition (nature), controlled strength
- A disposition that is even-tempered, tranquil, balanced in spirit, unpretentious (modest, humbled) and that has passions under control
- A character that is equitable (fair, reasonable, just), forbearing, moderate, and considerate
- Power and strength under control
- Willing to pardon injuries, correct faults. One who rules his spirit well
Not only will other people love and gravitate towards you more if you learn how to walk in this quality - but you will be at much more peace with yourself since you won't always have to be fighting and striving with others when trying to help them out.
Last, but not certainly least, is the quality of self-control. This one is huge, and I mean huge! The reason for this is that we all have a certain amount of character flaws operating in our personalities. There are some bad and negative qualities that will have to go.
The Bible tells us that our spirits and our flesh will war against each other in this life. Our flesh wants immediate self-gratification at all costs and will stop at nothing to try and get it. Our spirits know that some of our fleshly desires are not right for us and as a result, there will be a tug of war between the two - and sometimes it will be a major tug of war. The only thing that will be able to curb and control the desires of our flesh is the quality of self-control.
Since we all live in a very self-centered world today, many people have very poor impulse control. If they see something they immediately want, they will do anything they can to try and get it, whether it’s overindulging in food, drink, or shopping. They will not be denied until they get what they are going after. Such people are obviously very weak in the quality of self-control and are ruled by their own flesh.
Due to our fallen and sinful natures, all of us are weak to some degree in the quality of self-control. This is why Yahweh made sure to have this fruit listed as one of the 9 fruits of His Holy Spirit. We all need Yahweh's powerful self-control operating in our lives and in our personalities if we are going to have any hope in getting cleaned up to the degree that He would like to get us to in this life.
If we don't have self-control operating through us - we will have very little victory over such things as bad tempers, judgmental and critical spirits, an unforgiving spirit, and vices such as smoking and the abuse of alcohol or food. We should be prepared for some major battles and tug of wars once He starts coming after some of the negative qualities operating in our current personalities. If we are willing to yield to Him and allow Him to start to work all 9 of these fruits into our personalities - then you will find yourself starting to grow in ways and in areas that you never thought were possible in this life. Yahweh’s power in this area will blow you away once you see how far He can really take you to become the person that He wants you to become in Him in this lifetime.
Here are some of the different definitions on the quality of self-control:
- Temperance, rational restraint of natural impulses
- Sober, temperate, calm and composed approach to life, having mastered personal desires and passions
- Calls for a self-disciplined life following Yahshua’s example of being in the world but not of the world
- Restraint or discipline exercised over one's behaviors
The above definitions perfectly describe what Yahweh is looking for once He starts to work this quality into our personalities. This specific quality is one of the major keys in being able to get any kind of victory over some of the lusts and desires of our flesh.
All of the above definitions on each one of the 9 fruits of the Holy Spirit should help describe what each one of them is all about, and why Yahweh really wants to work each one of these 9 fruits into our lives. They are all very powerful - and they not only have the ability to help change and transform you - but they also have the ability to touch all of those around you.
Nothing will draw nonbelievers and believers alike to Yahweh more than someone who is walking and operating in all 9 fruits of the Holy Spirit. If you are willing to allow Yahweh’s power to work and transmit all 9 of these fruits into your personality to some degree in this life - you will become a women that will literally radiate the presence of Yahweh Himself through your personality.
You have no idea how many people you will be able to help save, touch, witness to and help disciple if you have these fruits operating through you. These fruits will give you a credibility with Yahweh and with other people that no degree or title can give you in this life.
For those of us who are not afraid to let Yahweh begin and then finish this deeper work in our lives – we must keep all 9 fruits of the Holy Spirit directly in front of us at all times.
These fruits come directly from Him. They are His love, His goodness, His joy and His peace that will be produced in you. But you will still have to do your part in all of this. Once these divine attributes start to be released into your system by Yahweh’s power - your job will then be to start to walk and operate in them, He will NEVER make you-it’s a choice, don’t complicate it.
If Yahweh starts to release His quality of love into your personality and lives, but we refuse to walk and operate in that love in your words and actions to others - then He will start to pull it back from you after a reasonable length of time.
If He starts to make clear His quality of self-control in you in an effort to try and take out some of the negative qualities that He will not want operating in your life, and you refuse to rely on that self-control, and you override it and continue to operate in those negative qualities - then again, He will pull it back from you until you are ready to work in cooperation with Him.
Yahweh is more than willing and anxious to do His part - but you will have to be willing to do your part. Your part will be to study these 9 fruits of the spirit, and what they mean, and then begin to live, walk and operate in those areas once Yahweh’s power is working within you. Again, this part Yahweh cannot do for you.
Yahshua gave Peter the power and ability to be able to walk on water. But there was one thing Peter had to do before that supernatural power was released to him. He had to get out of the boat and start walking straight forward on faith. It was only when he got out of the boat and started walking straight forward on that power did the supernatural power of Yahweh manifest that allowed him to literally walk on water!
Yahweh through His power, will give you the supernatural power to change and transform your life - but you will have to be like Peter and be willing to live and walk in that supernatural power before it can really start to work to change you.
Yahshua is coming back for a Bride that will be without spot or blemish. He is calling us to clean up our act and allow Him. The choice is up to each individual woman here, it can not be forced upon anyone. Yahweh gives each one of us free will and He will never force His will or His ways on anyone.
To those of you who will decide to allow Yahweh’s power work through you- realize that all of this will not occur overnight. Yahweh will set the pace and timetable that He will want to work with you on. Though some of this may be a bit painful at times, since none of us likes to admit we have anything that needs changing, I challenge you to step out of the boat- your life and your state of well-being will all be changed for the better - much better!
Fun Facts about Vitamins in Fruits
Fruits are enriched with many important vitamins, indispensable for a number of vital activities within the human body.
Orange, watermelon, blackberry, peach, kiwi and apple are some of the fruits rich in vitamin A. This vitamin plays a crucial role in cell reproduction and formation of hormones. It is also essential for the stimulation of immune system and improvement of vision and hair growth. Vitamin A also promotes proper growth and development of bones and teeth. Deficiency of this important vitamin can trigger diseases like, night blindness, dryness of skin, weak bone and teeth.
Vitamin B1, also known as thiamine, is found in banana, pear, lemon, raspberry, orange, mango, grapefruit and pineapple. However, most of the fruits are not rich in thiamine. Vitamin B1 is an important vitamin required in carbohydrate metabolism or conversion of carbohydrate into energy. It is also important for ensuring normal functioning of heart, nervous system and muscles. Deficiency of vitamin B1 causes a disease known as beriberi, the symptoms of which includes, tiredness, numbness of hands and feet, muscle pain, loss of appetite and vomiting. This disease can sometimes affect the cardiovascular and nervous system.
Vitamin B2 or riboflavin plays a significant role in the production of red blood cells, growth and development of body and reproduction. It can be found in kiwi, though most fruits are not substantial sources of vitamin B2. Riboflavin is also required in carbohydrate metabolism.
Vitamin B3 is found in banana, peach, watermelon, kiwi and cantaloupe, and is essential for the smooth operation of digestive and nervous systems. It is also important for a healthy skin and normal growth. Sufficient intake of vitamin B3 prevents the occurrence of the disease 'pellagra', which causes gastrointestinal disorders, dermatitis, mental confusion, insomnia and even dementia. Vitamin B3, known as niacin is also required in releasing energy from food, and for the proper functioning of over 50 enzymes.
Vitamin B5, known as pantothenic acid is essential for food metabolism (releasing energy from food), and is found in orange and banana. It is also required in production of cholesterol, which facilitates the manufacture of vitamin D and steroid hormones. It ensures the proper use of other vitamins by human body and a healthy digestive system.
Pyridoxine or vitamin B6 plays a very crucial role in the metabolism of carbohydrate, fat and protein. It helps in the production of antibodies, and thereby plays an important role in proper functioning of the immune system. It is also required for the production of red blood cells and smooth operation of the nervous system. Vitamin B6 is mainly found in banana, and watermelon. Its deficiency may result in nausea, irritability, insomnia, dermatitis, asthma and allergies.
Vitamin B9 includes both folic acid and folate. Folic acid is required for cell growth and proper development of embryo and hence its sufficient intake is very important during pregnancy. Folate is important for production of red blood cells, DNA and constituent parts of the nervous system. Strawberry, blackberry, kiwi, orange and banana are significant sources of vitamin B9.
This vitamin is abundantly found in apple, banana, pear, orange, lemon, plum, strawberry, raspberry, blackberry, grapes, mango and watermelon. Vitamin C or ascorbic acid is an antioxidant, i.e., it prevents the oxidization of free radicals, and thereby protects the tissues and cells from damaging. It is important for the formation of collagen, cartilage, blood vessels and muscles. It also facilitates the absorption of iron and reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases and cancer. Poor intake of vitamin C can cause scurvy, symptoms of which includes spongy bleeding gums, loss of weight, irritability and wounds that cannot be cured easily.
Vitamin E is also an antioxidant that protects body tissues and cells from possible damages triggered by the free radicals. It also assists in the formation of red blood cells, blood circulation and protection of cell membrane. Vitamin E is also essential for the proper utilization of vitamin K.
Fruits contain vitamins required for vital biochemical reactions. The deficiency of these vitamins could lead to occurrence of various diseases. Vitamins reduces the risk of fatal diseases by defending the body against harmful free radicals. Besides, fruits are also rich in minerals and fibers, and therefore, including sufficient amounts of them in your diet would immensely help you in leading a long and healthy life.
Research help: Bible-Knowledge.com and Buzzle.com, Intelligent Life on the Web