Fruit of the Spirit

For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth...Eph 5:9

Spring 2002                                                              Volume 3, Issue 2

The Fruits Of The Spirit - Temperance


he “fruit” of “temperance” must be shown in our life in order to obtain Heaven at last Galatians 5:22-23. In the absence of “temperance” we show that we have not obtained the grace of God, revealed by the Holy Spirit in the New Testament (Jn. 16:13; II Pet. 1:3). Paul said to the elders of Ephesus, that the “word of his God's grace... is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified” (Acts 20:32). God's Word is powerful in the Christian's life, and is able to produce temperance, as it presents and we meet the conditions of God's grace by which we are able to have His forgiveness and the new life in Christ (Acts 2:38-41; Eph. 2:8-10). Life is a series of planting, cultivating, pruning, weeding, watering, growing and sharing. If we have planted the seed of Truth in our heart, we will see God's grace at work in our life in “temperance” (Rom. 6:12-13). None grow spiritually by accident. But the Word, in “an honest and good heart,” brings forth the good fruit of “temperance” (Lk. 8:11-15).

The Meaning of “Temperance”

The fruit of “temperance” means much more than saying one does not drink too much and therefore is a temperate person! It has to do with self-control, self-discipline, and ruling our spirit (Prov. 16:32). It means then that.we have control of all of our actions in life, especially our passions, temper, lust, and evil thoughts.

The influence of the Holy Spirit, through the Word of God “dwelling in us richly in all wisdom” (Col. 3:16), governs and controls our life, causing us to have the restraints to live faithfully (Rom. 12:1-2). The Psalmist said, “With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee” (Psa. 119:10-11). Paul said also, “And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vainglory, provoking one another, envying one another” (Gal. 5:24). All who desire the grace of God must choose to change their life. These choose to respond to God's grace by doing His Will knowing that we are known by our fruits (Matt. 7:21; Lk. 6:46). “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me!” Our salvation is all grace on God's part (providing the plan of salvation), and all obedience on our part, as we accept the conditions of His grace! (Jn. 3:16-17; Lk. 24:46-47). We plead with all today, do not reject the grace of God by rejecting His Will in your life! (Lk. 7:28-29). If we put the Word from us, we will judge ourselves “unworthy of everlasting life” (Acts 13:46).

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