Bad Fruit, Good Fruit – Part 4

Faithfulness

Faithfulness (being full of faith) is continually acting in faith, according to God's will and believing that God is sovereign and righteous in all circumstances, moving on our behalf for our good.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony. By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible. ~Hebrews 11:1-3  

"...for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. " ~Jesus, Matthew 17:20  

When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. "Lord," he said, "my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly." Jesus said to him, "Shall I come and heal him?"  The centurion replied, "Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, 'Go,' and he goes; and that one, 'Come,' and he comes. I say to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it." When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, "Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.......... Then Jesus said to the centurion, "Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would." And his servant was healed at that moment. ~Matthew 8:5-10, 13  

In the Parable of the Talents, to the first servant (and second) who used his gift wisely: "His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!'" ~Matthew 25:21

Great Is Thy Faithfulness - Chris Rice

Gentleness

Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. ~Colossians   

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. ~Proverbs 15:1  

The message of the Gospel is usually not easy for unbelievers to receive, so our gentleness is more important than we realize. Our state of mind, our tone of voice, our approach all matter. To ease our minds, our goal is not to prove anything, but to merely have productive interaction and conversation that glorifies Jesus. It is God's work to change hearts and minds toward Him.  

Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. ~Proverbs 16:24 

Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. ~Philippians 4:5   

As believers we have the responsibility to lovingly and delicately correct other believers who are in error. And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will. ~2 Timothy 2:24-26

Your Gentleness - David Brymer

Self Control/Temperance

Self Control - temperance - discipline - disciple - being a purposeful follower in word and in deed.  

Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified. ~1 Corinthians 9:24-27   

I beseech you therefore, brethren (and sistren), by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. ~Romans 12:1-2

Give Me Self Control - Sovereign Grace Music

I Have Decided - Elevation Worship

The Fruit Producer

I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you: I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them. ~Ezekiel 36:26-27  

"But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem (your community), and in all Judea and Samaria (your nation), and to the ends of the earth. " ~Jesus, Acts 1:8

But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in You. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. ~Romans 8:9-11

When He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. ~John 16:13 

And because you are sons (and daughters), God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, "Abba Father!" Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son (daughter), and if a son (daughter), then an heir of God through Christ. ~Galatians 4:6-7

Fire of Your Spirit - Sarah Liberman

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