Preacher : Elder Sospeter Mburu Mungai
Message : Fruit of the Holy Spirit
Readings : Galatians 5:22-23, Colossians 3 : 12-18
Galatians 5:22-23 talks about the fruit of the Holy Spirit.
The first fruit we will look into is the self control.
The Holy Spirit helps us to have self control against what the flesh pushes us to do.
The flesh has power but when we have the Holy Spirit, we will have self control and are able to control all the influences on our flesh.
When we are able to control the influences of the flesh, then we are able to do all that God has commanded us to do.
Colossians 3:1 onwards, talks about how we need to relate with one another.
Colossians 3 : 17 challenges us to do everything in the name of the Lord God.
We need to evaluate what we do out there when other Christians are not watching.
The things that we say, do we say because we have Christ in us?
The second fruit is gentleness.
Being gentle does not mean that you are weak. It shows who you are to other people.
When you are gentle it does not mean you are powerless or without authority. It shows you know who you are and who called you.
When we meet with others, how do you come across? Are the things we do stopping others from getting to know God and be close with him?
Are the things you do stopping other people from receiving the grace of God.
There are times when God’s people walk the blessings of God and become blessings to others.
We ought to ask ourselves whether we are becoming a blessing to others.
We need to have faithfulness beginning from being faithful to ourselves, the call we received, the people we relate to, in the businesses we do etc.
We need to have faith and integrity with the blessings God has given us.
What kinds of fruits do we produce and what do other people see in us?
Can our spouses and families call us born again? Are we good examples to our families and societies?
Are you able to know why God created us?
You need to know why you are alive and why God called you.
You need to ask God what he wants you to do because you have been called and called with a purpose.
Goodness reflect the character of God.
Have you been good to other people? Have you been helpful to others? Your neighbours and at your workplace? Who do people see in you?
We need to know we have been called and called with a purpose.
We ought to know there is nothing that we have done to God to have the blessings we have today. We therefore ought to be good to other people.
God choose to fulfill his purpose and thus we need to know why we were called.
The other fruit is kindness, which can be said to be the absence of malice.
When we give to other people are we going to do out of kindness or show off?
We need to give because we are kind and do it without malice even in this festive season.
God has given us what we have to become a blessing to others
When we eventually die, we will leave all we have in our lives.
We need therefore to give out to other people the excess blessings that God has given to us.
At times people give those things they don’t need as opposed to giving the best in their lives.
We are also called upon to have the gift of patience especially when we go through challenges.
We ought not to easily give up when we go through challenges
At times people when faced with challenges tend to leave the way of the Lord to meet their needs and face their challenges.
We need to remain focused knowing who God is and what he called us for.
There are times, we hurt others as Christians, but when we are hurt, let us pray for those who hurt us to change so that we can show the difference .
Peace is also a fruit of the Holy Spirit .
Peace is not the absence of turmoil. When we have been left by those whom we look upon, we need to have the peace of God and not give up.
We need peace in the country and even in our homes.
We need to be good ambassador so that the significant others will have peace.
If we have peace, we will radiate peace .
Joy is also another fruit.
We need to have the joy of the Lord to attract others to us
Joy also brings peace which attracts people to us with attendant blessings.
Are we able to attract more or send away more from us because of whom we are.
Love is also another fruit.
Out of love, God sent his son Jesus Christ to die for us.
We are not talking about the love which is sensual feelings.
Love is the deliberate attitude of goodwill to others so that they can see acceptance.
We need to love ourselves first so that we can be able to love other people.
When we give love, we need not to expect something in return.
When we give love, let us do it becasue we have been given love by God.
When we know Christ, then we are born again and if you have been called by God, then you are chosen. Stay like a chosen person.
We need to be tolerant to other people, don’t be quick to judging others, we need to walk together with others so that we can go far.
Walk with others so that they can hold you when you are weak.
We need to stop the infighting in the country and the church
The big word here is love as it covers everything as where there is love we have the other qualities .
Let us therefore have love in all that we do and wherever we are.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.
17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
18 Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.
Credits to: Elder Wamagata Kairu (Writer) and James Kamoche (Publisher)