Today, we will look at the last group in the series this week on Fruit of the Spirit. We’ve looked at Love, Joy, Peace in group one; Longsuffering, Gentleness, Kindness in group two; and today we will look at the last group, Faith, Meekness, and Temperance.
I feel that the last group in the Fruit of the Spirit reveals wisdom and gained experience in our Christian life. Hebrews 11:1 gives the definition for Faith: Now, faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things NOT yet seen.
The longer a person walks in Faith the stronger their faith grows in the Lord. The more mature a Christian becomes in the Words of God (the Bible) the more they understand the mysteries of such Scripture as, “For we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28 KJV). It requires Faith to accept and cope with devastating events and happenings within our lives. It requires Faith to submit ourselves to God’s will for our life and the lives of our loved ones.
Meekness, in the sense that most people believe, is walking around with your head bowed down and letting the world walk all over you. But, that is far from the Biblical definition of meekness. Meekness is possessing a willing and humbled spirit to learn and to be teachable. In other words, a meek person is always willing to learn more and more about God and His teachings (as well as other things in life). They don’t feel as if they already, “know it all.” A meek person is willing to learn from “their” own mistakes, faults, and failures and does NOT go around blaming others for their misfortunes in life.
Oh, oh, how many people do I know who think they “know it all.” Unmeek people who have NO experience in certain areas; yet try to tell everyone how they should live, act, and respond!! People who refuse to take responsibilities for choices made and actions they have made, but rather choose to “blame” everyone else for who they are! There will be NO excuses in Heaven when we stand before our great King and Judge. We won’t stand there saying, “But, God if so and so would not have done this or that…then, I wouldn’t have done this or that! It’s their fault God!”
This is NOT a meek person’s response in life. A meek person will say, “God, I am a sinner and no matter what others have done to me, I accept my role in the matter and ask for mercy, grace, and your forgiveness.” Doesn’t the Bible TEACH us to “forgive as we are forgiven!” But, a person who lacks “meekness” will always find an excuse for their actions and “judge” the actions of others more harshly. God have mercy on “unmeek” people.
The last fruit mentioned in this group is Temperance….a well-balanced, sustaining life in Christ. Temperance is the opposite of living from one extreme to the other. I know people who jump up and suddenly wish to live godly lives. They run to every revival meeting; they walk with their Bible tucked high under their arm pit; they try to talk all the “church lingo” they can manage to learn….Then, in six months to a year you can’t find them with a search warrant!! These people pop in and out of church depending upon their circumstances and personal needs.
Then, there are those who choose the opposite end of the spectrum and say things like, “Well, you won’t find me in a church with all those hypocrites!” So, they live their lives in total opposite mannerisms of Biblical teachings; and are proud of it! Extremes to Extremes; opposite Extremes.
I’m glad that God showed me a long time ago that I didn’t have to live in extremes to be in His will. I have learned to have faith in HIM; to understand that I am weak and will make mistakes; to understand those around me make mistakes. I have also set out on a course of following Christ Jesus and plan on “sticking” with it! After all, even the old children’s fable teaches us that the slow-moving, yet ever-faithful, turtle reached the finish line while the fast-moving rabbit fizzled out! Temperance…a well-balanced life in Christ Jesus. Amen.
I hope you have enjoyed my three parts of teaching on the Fruit of the Spirit. I hope you will be encouraged as you see these Fruits manifested in your own life. As Christians we tend to demonstrate a different group at different times within our life, but others should always see evidence of the Fruit of the Spirit working within our lives; no matter our circumstances.
Remember, God Loves You!
Lin T. Rollins, Author