THE FRUITS OF GRACE
Robert E. Hanna
Scripture Reading: Galatians 5:22-24
Any commendable characteristic of the believer is acquired only by grace. "For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not." "But Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God, Who loved me, and gave Himself for me" (Romans T18, Galatians 2:20).
That which is of the Spirit is by grace. Whatever we receive is by grace. By grace we are enabled to "walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise" (Ephesians 5:15). "For the fruit ofthe Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth" (Ephesians 5:9). "God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work" (II Corinthians 9:8).
We are not left in the dark as to our appropriate conduct as believers. Our apostle admonishes us: "Brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things" (Philippians 4:8) .... A little much to expect of us poor mortals: "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance .... and they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts." "Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus" (II Timothy 2:1).
Transformed By Grace -
Transformed By Grace #1 - Unity in Christ
Transformed By Grace #2 - One Body in Christ
Transformed By Grace #3 - The Apostle of Grace
Transformed By Grace #4 - The Gifts of Christ
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