Some persons, from a natural debility, have their trembling nerves exceedingly shaken, and their spirits greatly depressed, by the slightest accidents. Greek. In proportion as we believe in this assurance of our own unchanging state, we lose our humble sense of our weakness. By nature we are His children. And this was done that you might have faith in God--not as existent in the far-off heavens, above cloud, and star, and the blue rim of eight--but as existing in innocent manhood just such as yours ought to be--yes, that you might have faith in God in man, or as the Scripture phrases it, “Immanuel, God with us.” I have called your attention to three sources of this faith: birth or nature; history; the teachings, life, and death of Jesus. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/sbc/galatians-5.html. When men indulge in this theory, it often ends in machinery, in the mechanical exercise of feeling, and leaves the real life barren. Goodness prompts people to be conscientious and enduring. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith. Lynch. In respect to the fulfilment of God’s promises (Romans 4:19). Do not you believe in religion? When one comes against the door of some faculties with an injury, we look over the railing, and say, “I’ll forgive you for that; for you did not get in.” But by-and-by, when the faculty where we are sensitive is entered, then we grind our teeth, and say, “I could have forgiven him for anything but that!” We must not arrogate to ourselves a spirit of forgiveness, until we have been touched to the quick where we are sensitive, and borne it meekly: and meekness is not mere white-facedness, a mere contemplative virtue; it is maintaining peace and patience in the midst of provocations. This is true of all sinners, who are as much moral agents, and as proper subjects of moral government, before as after regeneration. A. These are the outward indications of what is right and proper; but it is the inward registration that tells. you have gained a greater trophy, than if, like Brutus, with a vengeful hand you had stabbed a tyrant to the heart. ), I’ve noticed often that the strong, skilful men are oftenest the gentlest to women and children; and it’s pretty to see ‘em carrying the little babies as if they were no heavier than birds, and the babies often seem to like the strong arms best. While some people are adept at perfecting certain of these spiritual characteristics in their own strength, the fruit of the Spirit, which is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control, can only be genuinely manifested in a spirit-filled man or woman. 2. And so, must not our love be equally thoughtful? Man contends against them; man rejects them. “Please yourself, sir.” W. “Will you ask my pardon Joseph?” B. But a meek and quiet spirit, in the view of all good men, in the eyes of holy angels, and in the sight of God, is of great price. Is not this another way in which to kill pride--to know ourselves? And surely it is worth the effort to be all that is meant by spiritual, to set ourselves to work in the best way. Enthroned within him is divinest patience. The objects which most men love are such as strike the senses, or in some way relate to their present interests. Pilkington. ᾿εγκράτεια—“temperance”-self-control-the holding in of passions and appetites, distinguished by Diogenes Laertius from σωφροσύνη in that it bridles ἐπιθυμίας σφοδράς, the stronger desires. True religion makes a man faithful. But the love which the true Christian feels to his God, and all that bears the stamp of His authority or likeness, is not a vapour in the brain, or a vision in the fancy, but a deep-rooted principle in the heart. Romans 2:4; 2 Corinthians 6:6; Ephesians 4:2; Colossians 1:11. 3. “Here,” said Gotthold, “we have that which may well remind us of the gentleness and moderation to be observed in our comportment towards weak and erring brethren. Such is the fate of the gay profligate. If we have let the chords be broken, if we have suffered the instrument to get out of order, if the dust of the earth, the defilement of sin, and sinful affections, and the discord of a rebellious, selfish will are there, the master melodist of the choirs of heaven could not breathe harmony through it, nor could the angels sing with it. The obvious and undeniable teaching of the New Testament is that the Spirit is in Christians and that Christians are in the Spirit. It is considerateness. Jacob thought seven years but little for the love he did bear to Rachel. It is not played on like an instrument of music that has only a responsive power; it is powerful itself; it is acted upon and re-acts. "Commentary on Galatians 5:22". He now informs us that all virtues, all proper and well regulated affections, proceed from the Spirit, that is, from the grace of God, and the renewed nature which we derive from Christ. It is warmth of affection. Against such things there is no law. II. Do we bear with our neighbours? There are great tracts of our being which are being constantly swept by its fury and malignity, and we are day by day and hour by hour assaulted and shaken by it. The physical appetites reveal themselves first; but the mind has its native cravings as truly as the body. 2. 2. Ephesians 2:9; Ephesians 2:11. joy of the Holy Ghost, 1 Thessalonians 1:6, and see Romans 5:2; Romans 14:17; Romans 15:13; 2 Corinthians 6:10; Philemon 1:25; Philemon 4:4; 1 Peter 1:8; 1 John 1:4. All other rights reserved. Moreover, joy in the good of others, of fellow creatures and fellow Christians, in their outward and inward prosperity, in their temporal, spiritual, and eternal good, which, as it is a grace of the Spirit, may well enough be thought to be at least part of the sense of the word here; since it follows upon, and is joined with love, and stands between that and. (W. H. Murray, D. D.). Seeing how matters were, General Washington spoke politely to the driver, and explaining why they wished to hasten forward, asked him to allow the carriages to go by. But this is not all. Temperance, by moderating our passions, and lessening, rather than multiplying our wants, puts us in circumstances capable of benefiting our fellow-creatures. See Appendix, Note F. ἐστιν. As birds, when after moulting they begin to sing, break down in mid-song, and give only a snatch here and a snatch there of the full volume of their summer strains; so these hints, these little tinkling notes of love on earth, beautiful as they are in themselves, are not perfect, and are not understood until we trace them back, and feel that there is above somewhere One whose nature epitomises all these things. Canst thou measure the love of the Spirit? 1801-1803. Now, by the lurid light of the fire, the archbishop himself was seen to take a cloth, and having flipped it in a bucket of water, to wrap it round his body, and then to mount the ladder which had been placed against the shaking wall. 1999. But sins, which turn from God to follow the creature; and vices, which are so many deviations from the rule of right reason, do not all necessarily run towards the same point, but may have their several tendencies different one from another. They have brought themselves into a continued exercise of the higher Christian states of mind, until, as they sit waiting for their sun to go down, that it may rise again and never set, they are luminous and are clothed, and in their right mind. Salvation is just the start of a new believerâs beginning. Only as we live and walk and pray in spirit and in truth, will our lives produce this singular fruit of God's Holy Spirit, and we will be equipped to say with Paul, "It is not I who live - but Christ, Who lives in me.". And order implies perfect control on the part of intelligence over all things within its domain. From the above citations, there can be no way to avoid the truth that Christians are in God, and God is in them. We must exert ourselves to do good in the Church. 1. The amiable temper which religion inspires, sheds its tranquilizing influence over all the relations of life. I. But one might say, “If God created the world and man for happiness, how is it that misery has come upon the earth; and sorrows, from which there is no deliverance as yet, have come upon man?” I answer: These miseries are the result of sin which has broken in upon and disrupted the state of peace which was, and is still, the normal state of things. Toplady. It is required for the actions, to stop hastiness, imprudence, unsteadiness, or self-abandonment out of the due proportion of life. 1840-57. The greatest results are accomplished by gentle, quiet influences. But, whatever task i undertakes, it is still the same,--love following His footsteps, “who went about continually doing good.” (Dr. J. “Meat kills more than muskets; and the board destroys more than the sword.” I have read of a very extraordinary mode of executing capital offenders practised in some heathen country. God does not make extempore melodies in hearts habitually set upon other things; neither, even by regeneration, does He create a perfect instrument, and develope all its powers at once. Mag. (John Thornton. Holiness and happiness, says an old divine, are two several notions of one thing. To be temperate we must use with moderation the common comforts that Providence bestows for the support of nature. Seldom do we see in this world a perfectly rounded symmetrical Christian character. Again, the hope of glory is a privilege which believers rejoice in. Perhaps our Master would have us feel that we ought to move amidst what we call Nature with a loving tread, as a mediator between Him and the lower creation, to discover, to develop, and mature all the varied resources of the world, and to try, as much as in us lies, to roll away some of that failure ( ματαιότης), which has passed through from us to them, who share in the sorrows of the Fall, as they also share in the hope of Redemption. All the miseries of mankind, of body and soul, are open to the heart that is illuminated and kindled with the love of God and our neighbour. (E. A. Washburn, D. D.), Danger of substituting any other test for this, “There is a religion calling itself spiritual, which substitutes a vague notion of the Divine grace for the plain rule of the apostle. 1909-1922. There can scarcely be a more gross abuse of language, than to call that rational religion in which the affections have no share. âLong-suffering,â âgentleness,â âgoodness,â âfaith,â âmeekness,â âtemperance,â need a more spiritual process for their development. It has its seat in the heart, and pervades all the faculties and powers of the man. In the disposition and temper. It is of meekness and temperance; it is known in our self-restraint. The one more theological, or rather metaphysical, which is almost as new to me as perhaps it will seem to you (for it came not into my thoughts till I was upon it); the other more moral and popular. What a revelation that was! Porson), though the other may be the earlier. “Thou wilt keep him in perfect, peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee.” Peace may come in the very midst of temptation, the peace of a well-ordered security. But one day a stranger came and sat before it, and presently rich, exquisite melodies began to pour forth, new and wondrous depths and changes of tone trembled in the air and thrilled our souls. Have I taken the first step?” If you should ask me, “What is the first step?” I should reply, Spiritual connection with God’s Spirit. The knowledge of love may deceive a man that he has it, but will not make him loveable; and, the disunited state of Christendom being witness, has not. The destroyer of all church exclusiveness. Heaven is character; and he whose character is being grown daily by the culture of the Spirit is growing daily into the heavenly state. ), Look at that matron who through the years of early life inherited bereavement and sorrows, the thinning out of the precious flock, the dishonoured names of the husband, the death, the rolling upon her of the responsibility of rearing the whole flock, the unwearied fidelity, the inexhaustible patience, furrow after furrow that experience is ploughing upon her brow; at last the children had come to ripeness, and they in their turn are lifting her out of trouble, and she sits down serene at the close of life more beautiful than the going down of the sun. Christian patience must he distinguished from constitutional fortitude and stoical apathy. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/fam/galatians-5.html. Submissiveness to the will of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things â¦ Not long ago, I saw a man mounted on a dray, very heavily loaded, beating his poor half-starved horse most cruelly, because the wheels had got stuck fast in the mud, and the beast was too feeble to pull them out. 1974. And then it does us a still further service--it drives the soul back on its supports in prayer, and, like a frightened child in its mother’s embrace, feels a sense of safety; so confidence returns to us as we feel the pressure of the everlasting arms. Thomas was severely bruised, and rose up in a terrible passion. It is no credit to a schoolboy to remain high up in the second class, if that only means that if he were removed he would be at the bottom of the first. So with all vegetation. There are some persons with whom you feel it particularly difficult to be gentle. The glory of the face is in the symmetry of all its parts; and the glory of a Christian character does not lie in this excellence or that excellence--good as it may be and desirable--but in the harmony of all excellences … This is the measure by which we can examine ourselves; not to know whether we are in the faith, but to know how far we have progressed in the faith. It- excites mutual sympathy, and imparts much encouragement. (Thomas Jones.). We will he braced so as to resist all pressures. It is that which his higher nature ultimates in …. Learn hence, 1. A special privilge belonging to all those who are possessed of the forementioned fruits of the Spirit, and that is, exemption from the law: Against such there is no law; that is, no law to compel, no law to accuse or condemn them; for the law enjoins them, and encourgaes the practice and performance of them. iv. Love is ready at any moment to sacrifice itself. Unless, therefore, the heart of a created being is at one with the heart of God, it cannot but be miserable. Just so the ultimatum of Christian life is the maturing of Christian fruitage. 3. The courage that you need is the courage to live--the courage to bear yet a while and faint not; to do this hopefully, patiently; to find happiness amid your tears; to so order your sorrows that they shall bloom; to look at emptiness as if it were fulness, and at poverty as if it were wealth--this can only come as the fruit of the Spirit. Seek a larger measure of the Holy Spirit’s influence. Want of simplicity, is a very wide avenue; so are self-gratification, criticism, comparison, talking of self--all these are inlets through which it enters with a full stream--rising up through vanity, conceit, and self-love, with a polluting, stifling flood, until it annihilates the love of God on the high places of our soul, carrying away with it mercy, truth, charity, and meekness, the very charter of our inheritance as sons. Where God, who “is provoked every day,” is so meek and gentle with us, we, at all events, cannot afford to be proud, and rough, and harsh with others. And what a perspective of possibility is opened up to him who accepts this sublime and most encouraging view! We must not seek for a detailed logical opposition in the two lists, which would be quite alien from the fervid style of St. Paul. Just as children sometimes amuse themselves with painting, and some kind friend tells them that the result is good, meaning that it is good for them--so is all our work, only good for us; before it can be ]presented, it will need to be touched anew and remodelled by a Higher hand, and what is crowned will not be our merits but His gifts: And if all our life were known, all our thoughts, our meanness, our pettiness, our narrowness, where would satisfaction be? BibliographyBurkitt, William. II. Some can make good use even of poisons in their skilful mingling, while to others the most wholesome meat is to them the veriest poison. Now peace is not an ordinary nor a common fruit; rather it is terribly rare Men are rifling the earth of its treasures and secrets, its beauties and pleasures, but peace does not seem to brood over their efforts. But as one berry in a bunch of grapes cannot ripen but that the others ripen too, so it is with the Christian. See Romans 12:9. χαρά, better merely joy, than as Winer, al., ‘voluptas ex aliorum commodis percepta,’ as opposed to φθόνος. 3. Seventeen-twentieths of her pages are crowded from top to bottom, to tell the student of the triumphs of war. xxxv., p. 116. in pleasure, self-denial. The trio of patience, kindness, and goodness are predominantly attributes, that are displayed in gracious conduct towards other people, while the trinity of faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control are hidden facets, deep within, that God alone can truly discern. "Commentary on Galatians 5:22". The atmosphere of his nature is peace. 1. If he had been as rich as an Indian prince, yet could he not have had less care. Sometimes it is covered with snow, or dried up with the frost, or pulverised with the east wind, or the growing plants are scorched by the sun or dashed with the wet. "Commentary on Galatians 5:22". In Jesus' name I pray, AMEN. Nothing sooner destroys peace than a trifling spirit. We remember how in His mercy He is ever urging us to be strong. When a man’s whole soul has been illuminated, so that it burns day and night with the lambent, sweet flame of love, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, and hopefulness, when this is his habitual frame of mind, or a frame of mind so nearly habitual that only the occasion is necessary to bring it out in full force, then there is no law for him. 3. “Neither is God in all his thoughts.” Here is the description of that first adverse influence. With respect to the senses, self-control. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Samuel P. "Commentary on Galatians 5:22". That its pursuits are chiefly valuable because they educate us. But the fruit of the Spirit,.... Not of nature or man's free will, as corrupted by sin, for no good fruit springs from thence; but either of the internal principle of grace, called the Spirit, Galatians 5:17 or rather of the Holy Spirit, as the Ethiopic version reads it; the graces of which are called "fruit", and not "works", as the actions of the flesh are; because they are owing to divine influence efficacy, and bounty, as the fruits of the earth are, to which the allusion is; and not to a man's self, to the power and principles of nature; and because they arise from a seed, either the incorruptible seed of internal grace, which seminally contains all graces in it, or the blessed Spirit, who is the seed that remains in believers; and because they are in the exercise of them acceptable unto God through Christ, and are grateful and delightful to Christ himself, being "his pleasant fruits"; which as they come from him, as the author of them, they are exercised on him as the object of them, under the influence of the Spirit; and because they are profitable to them that are possessed of them, seeing the promise of this life and that which is to come is annexed to them; and the good works which are done in consequence of them are profitable to men: once more, as the works of the flesh are the unfruitful works of darkness, and make men so, and therefore cannot be called fruit properly; these, as they are fruits, and are rightly and properly so called, so they make men fruitful, and to abound in divine things, and are as follow: Love. 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