Sunday, May 12, 2013

The Fruit of the Spirit: Gentleness and Self Control (Audio)

We have finally come to the end of our sermon series "The Fruit of the Spirit is the Fruit of a Holy Life." Over the course of the last five weeks we looked at the different attributes, or "flavors" as I have been calling them of the Fruit which, on the surface may not seem all that spiritual, but certainly carry with it some spiritual, God directed connotations.

Gentleness is a trait that comes from an attitude of meekness and humility. We usually don't think of those as being positive, but when we consider that Christ said in "The Sermon on the Mount" that "The meek will inherit the earth" and that Christ Himself demonstrated the ultimate act of humility when He stepped out of heave and took on flesh, that these underlying attitudes which become manifest in gentleness are really godly traits.

Self-control on the other hand might be a bit contradictory, as the implication is that we are, at the same time, both master of ourselves and slaves to ourselves. Yet what Paul is talking about here is not self mastery in our own strength, but at the direction of and obedience to the Holy Spirit.

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