Fruits of the spirit will prevent you from being either inactive or unfruitful

“For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 1:8 NIV)

5 Yes, for this very reason, by YOUR contributing in response all earnest effort,+ supply to YOUR faith virtue,+ to [YOUR] virtue knowledge,+ 6 to [YOUR] knowledge self-control, to [YOUR] self-control+ endurance, to [YOUR] endurance godly devotion,+ 7 to [YOUR] godly devotion brotherly affection, to [YOUR] brotherly affection love.+ 8 For if these things exist in YOU and overflow, they will prevent YOU from being either inactive or unfruitful*+ regarding the accurate knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. (NWT)

5 For this very reason, put forth all earnest effort+ to supply to your faith virtue,+ to your virtue knowledge,+ 6 to your knowledge self-control, to your self-control+ endurance, to your endurance godly devotion,+ 7 to your godly devotion brotherly affection, to your brotherly affection love.+ 8 For if these things exist in you and overflow, they will prevent you from being either inactive or unfruitful*+ regarding the accurate knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. (RefB)

they will prevent you from being either inactive or unfruitful  / Or “unproductive.”

(Titus 3:14): 14 But let our people also learn to maintain fine works so as to help in cases of urgent need,+ so that they may not be unproductive.*+

(Revelation 2:4): 4 Nevertheless, I hold [this] against you, that you have left the love you had at first.+

(Colossians 1:10):10 so as to walk worthily of Jehovah* in order to please him fully as you go on bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the accurate knowledge of God;+

The limited number of Christians chosen by Jehovah to be associated with Christ in the heavenly Kingdom government undergo “a new birth” as spirit-begotten sons of God. They are anointed with holy spirit to become kings and priests with Christ. (Revelation of the apostle John 20:6) Peter states that this “new birth” opens up to them “a living hope,” which he calls “an incorruptible and undefiled and unfading inheritance” reserved for them “in the heavens.” Small wonder that the anointed ‘greatly rejoice’ in their living hope! (1 Peter 1:3-6) The realization of that hope, however, depends on their faithfulness. Peter exhorted anointed Christians to ‘do their utmost to make their calling and choosing of themselves sure.’ (2 Peter 1:10) They must exert themselves to develop such qualities as faith, godly devotion, brotherly affection, and love. w12 3/15 3:4, 5

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Preceding articles:

Looking for True Spirituality 1 Intro

Looking for True Spirituality 2 Not restricted to an elite

Looking for True Spirituality 3 Mind of Christ

Looking for True Spirituality 4 Getting to Know the Mind of Christ

Looking for True Spirituality 5 Fruitage of the Spirit

Next: Looking for True Spirituality 6 Spirituality and Prayer

Dutch version of this article / De Nederlandse versie van dit artikel:

Vruchten van geest beletten hetzij inactief of onvruchtbaar te zijn

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Additional reading:

  1. God let my compassionate affection be tolerant and kind
  2. He has given us the Pneuma, the force, from Him
  3. Self-development, self-control, meditation, beliefs and spirituality
  4. Followers with deepening
  5. Bearing fruit
  6. You cannot change anything in your life with intention alone

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Self-control (fruit of the Spirit)

Self-control (fruit of the Spirit) (Photo credit: Joybot)

  • Chosen (psalmnineteenfourteen.wordpress.com)
    “He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love He predestined us to be adopted through Jesus Christ for Himself, according to His favor and will, to the praise of His glorious grace that He favored us with in the Beloved.”—Ephesians 1:4-6
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    Why did Yahweh choose Mary to be the mother of Yeshua? What was so special about her? Why did Yahweh choose Abraham… Moses… David… Peter… Paul…etc.? What was so special about them? Why did Yahweh choose me? What’s so special about me? And here’s the answer…because He could. He is the Sovereign Ruler of the universe. Not because any of us are more special than anyone else (Romans 3:23), but because He shows mercy to whom He will show mercy and He will have compassion on whom He will have compassion (Exodus 33:19; Romans 9:15).
  • 2 Peter 1:8 (erlangerbaptist.wordpress.com)
    it’s all about surrender…surrendering control of our life so that the Holy Spirit can multiply himself in us.  And when He does, these characteristics will flourish and we will be the imitation of Christ that we have called to be.
  • Heart Check: Why are you here? (smilingbyfaith.wordpress.com)
    Have you ever been in a holding pattern that had you so uncomfortable for so long and while you could see the light at the end of the tunnel, every time you took a step toward it, it seemed to move further away from you?
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    There is a certain level of personal responsibility required of us as Christians. We are accountable for our knowledge of who He is and what He expects of us. So, as you question (silently or aloud) the reason that you are “stuck” in this place, ask yourself:

    • How do you treat God’s people (particularly those who can do nothing for you)?
    • Do you put neighbors before yourself?
    • Do you speak like a man or woman of God?
    • Do you speak in truth at all times?
    • Do you uplift or belittle those who think or behave differently?
  • Fruit of the Holy Spirit (fropuff7.wordpress.com)
    The fruit of the Spirit are issues of the heart. We read the Word with our mind, build it into character in the heart, out of the heart come the attitudes, veiwpoints, behavior, and ministries of life. Producing and living in the atmosphere of the Sprit is a choice we are continually making every moment. If we are sincere in seeking God then we will produce fruit. That is the evidence of our Christian relationship with God. Everyone who does not produce fruit will be cut off and cast into the fire. Even Christians. Though they profess Christ as king, but if they do not produce fruit they are not true Christians. True Christians have the Holy Spirit within them. Those who have the Holy Spirit within them will produce fruit.
  • Be Fruitful (calebsermons.com)
    Life before God can be compared to a fruit tree. We as people are the trees, and the fruits that are in our trees are the things we did in life.
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    No one plants a fruit tree for good looks, there are other trees that suit that purpose. We plant fruit trees to bear fruit. We expect something from it, a return of some sort. In like manner, Christians aren’t here just to look good, we’re here to bear fruit. And the fruits that we’re to bear aren’t apples and oranges, they’re the things that we do that please God.
  • Assurance of Salvation (josephfranks.wordpress.com)
    Scripture says one can deceive his neighbors.  It also says one can deceive oneself.  Then it presents the terrifying and sad story of Judas Iscariot.  So how does one know if one is at peace with God?  How can one have assurance of salvation?
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    How would we know if we were chosen?  How would we know if we were internally regenerated, transformed or born-again?  How would we know if the Judge has declared us “Not Guilty!” because of the sacrificial and substitutional work of Jesus Christ?  How would we know if the Holy Spirit dwelt within?  How would we know if Jesus were praying for us from the throne above?  How would we know if our heavenly garment was being pressed and our glorious mansion in construction?
  • Stairway to Heaven (xulonthoughts.wordpress.com)
    There really is a stairway to heaven in a spiritual sense – and we can spend our lives as believers climbing up the wrong flight if we’re not careful (lead verse).  We are now residents of God‘s household on earth.  It is a building fitly framed together into a holy temple – with a single staircase inside leading up to heaven (Ephesians 2:19-21).
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    If all the spiritual steps above are followed in order through abiding in God – as He abides in us (John 15:1-5) – fruits of the Spirit are bound to be produced and become abundant (Galatians 5:22-23).Our Father assures us we will not become barren or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ if we climb up the right flight of stairs.  God will make really large steps for us to land on – so our feet won’t slip (Psalm 18:36).  If we climb the stairway to heaven’s door the right way, we shall never fall – and we shall be saved (2 Peter 1:10-11, John 10:9).
  • The Body (holdingforthhisword.wordpress.com)
    there is rank rebellion in our midst today, both conscious and unconscious, that turns the hand of blessing into the hand of dutiful discipline and purifying judgment. God’s call to His children today is to turn from sin and heresy.  We are warned throughout the New Testament that compromise by individual believers ushers in judgment upon the body because of its corrupting influence.
  • Exercising Godliness (afewfish.com)
    Knowledge is a dangerous word because we usually think it is located in the mind. We learn French history or how to work on a car or how to program in Java and all of that is called knowledge. That sort of knowledge is safely separated from the rest of our lives and actions.
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    most of us enjoy the idea of godliness until we try to take a practical step.
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    the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ involves growing and changing.
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    Steadfastness (or perseverance) means continuing to believe, live righteously and bless God even when circumstances are difficult.
  • You – see – less (useless) (royholman.wordpress.com)
    brothers, make every effort to confirm your calling and election, because if you do these things you will never stumble
  • Dream’s photography (queengods.wordpress.com)
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