“The root of the fruit is walking by the spirit”
Walk by the spirit - verse 16
Keep in step with the spirit (ESV) - verse 25
Be led by the holy spirit. Follow the spirit. Follow Christ. Follow the words of Christ. A big part of walking by the spirit is being obedient to the Word of God. The fruit of the spirit is the result of how you live. If you live according to the flesh, the fruit in your life will be the works of the flesh. If you live according to the spirit, the fruit in your life will be the attributes listed here. Don’t simply tell people that you walk by the spirit. Rather, walk by the spirit, and the fruit in your life will be evident for all to see. Jesus Christ exemplified this fruit in his life. When you saw Christ, you saw love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
The spirit we have takes the place of Christ. It is Christ in you! You can walk with love, joy, peace, etc. How? By having Christ’s word abide in you. If you do, you will bear much fruit!
John 15:10 - You can abide in Christ’s love!
John 15:11 - You can have Christ’s joy in you!
John 14:27 - You can have Christ’s peace in you!
Peace - What is peace?
Merriam Webster: Peace is freedom from disturbance; a state of tranquility or quiet.
Peace - What it is not
Antonyms for peace: disagreement, discord, distress, upset, agitation, fighting, war, disharmony, frustration, worry
By understanding what the fruit looks like, you can discern in your own life whether or not you are walking by the spirit. “Peace” is a great measurement. Do you allow circumstances to rob you of peace? With the spirit of Christ within you, you can maintain peace in the midst of tribulation.
The “gospel of peace” (Isaiah 52:7, Romans 10:15; Ephesians 6:15)
John 16:33 - In Christ, you will have peace. In the world, you will have tribulation
Matthew 5:9 - Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God
Romans 14:19 - Pursue things that make for peace and the building up of one another
James 3:13-18 - The wisdom from above is peaceable
Colossians 3:15 - Let the peace of Christ “rule” in your hearts
Philippians 4:6-7 - The peace of God will “guard” your hearts
How do you receive this fruit of peace? The same way you receive love and joy.
“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5)
Philippians 4:8-9 “DWELL” on these things! And the peace of God will be with you.