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How to tell who is a Christian

Jesus said you could identify them by their fruit. The fruit of the Spirit is:

  1. LOVE - (Binds together all the other fruit) is sincere, hospitable, blesses (removes worry), is harmonious, does no harm to its neighbor, rejoices with the truth, always protects, trusts, hopes and perseveres, helps, rebukes and disciplines, willingly gives up own desires for good of others, forgives instead of getting even. It is the opposite of hate. Love comes via the Holy Spirit and grows as we use it. Love results in overcoming evil.

  2. JOY Ė a celebration that constantly bubbles up from deep inside that does not depend on circumstances. It is the opposite of grumbling and complaining. It comes from knowing you are saved. Comes via the Holy Spirit as we love and trust Jesus, love righteousness, hate wickedness, by hearing and understanding Godís Word, by miracles, by our being able to overcome demons, by God blessing the work of our hands. Joy gives us hope and strength. Joy makes us feel thankful, helps us tell others about Jesus and causes us to be generous givers.

  3. PEACE Ė calm confidence, quietness, rest, safety, feeling blameless, upright, strength, security, sharing life and hope. It is the opposite of turmoil and discontentment. Peace comes by allowing our hearts and minds to be controlled by the Holy Spirit, by the knowledge of God and Jesus. Peace comes by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, Jesusí blood shed on the cross, listening to Godís promises, loving Godís law, if our ways are pleasing to the Lord, if we pay attention to Godís commands, if we are righteous, if we are not wicked, by Godís compassion, by keeping our minds steadfast on trusting Jesus, by Jesusí overcoming the world, by doing good. As we learn to walk in the Spirit, we feel peace more often. Peace guards our hearts and minds, brings unity and reaps a harvest of righteousness.

  4. PATIENCE Ė To excitedly wait; calmness, composure, courage, endurance, forbearance, inner strength, self-possession, overlooking an offence. It is the opposite of action without thought and waiting for nothing or no one. Patience comes from tribulations, wisdom and by being strengthened by the power of the Holy Spirit. Patience persuades people and inherits what is promised.

  5. GENTLENESS - power under control (like a mother caring for her little children or a wild animal that has been tamed). Gentleness comes via the Holy Spirit and by allowing God to refine us. Gentleness causes people to trust you.

  6. GOODNESS Ė Usefulness, decency, honesty, integrity, morality, righteousness, does not deliberately go against Godís will and sin through an immoral act, doing something without expecting anything in return, to feed and give drink (even to your enemies), to minister, comfort and deliver. It is the opposite of selfishness, evil and uselessness. Goodness comes by fearing and trusting God. Goodness results in knowledge.

  7. FAITHFULNESS -allegiance, duty, fidelity, loyalty, diligently strives to honor his own words, throwing away idols and worshiping God only, protects, provides a refuge and relief, prays for others, fulfills commitments, seeks and brings forth justice and walks in the truth. It is the opposite of lies, sneaking, betraying and cheating. Faithfulness comes by planning what is good. Faithfulness results in protection, refuge, relief, answered prayers and atonement of sin.

  8. KINDNESS - courtesy, favor, good turn, service, enjoys doing things that make others feel good, sparing someoneís life, dealing honestly, releasing from prison, saving life, showing favor to, restoring property to, expressing sympathy for, inviting to dinner, watching over spirit, removing yoke of oppression, having compassion on, allowing to go to friends so they can provide for needs, keeping warm and welcoming. It is the opposite of getting even with or being cruel to. Kindness comes by Godís mercy via the Holy Spirit; we continue to receive kindness if we continue to be kind. Kindness leads to repentance.

  9. SELF-CONTROL - balance, composure, equilibrium, poise, self-possession, the ability to control oneís emotions and reactions, integrity, seriousness, soundness of speech (does not curse or use Godís name in vain). It is the opposite of having a temper tantrum or being violent in word or deed. We receive self-control by setting our hope fully on the grace Jesus gives us. Self-control protects you from Satan and helps you pray.

Mat 7:15 "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.

Mat 7:16 "You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles?

Mat 7:17 "Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.

Mat 7:18 "A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.

Mat 7:19 "Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

Mat 7:20 "Therefore by their fruits you will know them.

Gal 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

Gal 5:23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.


1 John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.

1 John 4:8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

1 John 4:9 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.

1 John 4:10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

1 John 4:11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

1 John 4:12 No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us.

1 John 4:13 By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.

1 John 4:14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world.

1 John 4:15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.

1 John 4:16 And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.

1 John 4:17 Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.

1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.

1 John 4:19 We love Him because He first loved us.

1 Th 4:9 But concerning brotherly love you have no need that I should write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another;

1 Th 4:10 and indeed you do so toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brethren, that you increase more and more;

1 Th 3:12 And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one another and to all, just as we do to you,

2 Th 1:3 We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is fitting, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of every one of you all abounds toward each other,

Rom 12:9 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.

Rom 12:10 Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another;

Rom 12:11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;

Rom 12:12 rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer;

Rom 12:13 distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.

Rom 12:14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.

Rom 12:15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.

Rom 12:16 Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.

Rom 12:17 Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men.

Rom 12:18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.

Rom 12:19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay," says the Lord.

Rom 12:20 Therefore "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head."

Rom 12:21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Rom 13:7 Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor.

Rom 13:8 Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.

Rom 13:9 For the commandments, "You shall not commit adultery," "You shall not murder," "You shall not steal," "You shall not bear false witness," "You shall not covet," and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."

Rom 13:10 Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

1 Cor 13:3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.

1 Cor 13:4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;

1 Cor 13:5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;

1 Cor 13:6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;

1 Cor 13:7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

1 Cor 13:8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.

1 Cor 13:9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part.

1 Cor 13:10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.

1 Cor 13:11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

1 Cor 13:12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.

1 Cor 13:13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

1 John 4:16 And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.

1 John 4:17 Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.

1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.

Prov 10:12 Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers all sins.

Prov 17:9 He who covers a transgression seeks love, But he who repeats a matter separates friends.

John 14:15 "If you love Me, keep My commandments.

John 14:16 "And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever;

John 14:17 "the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.

Eph 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her,

Eph 5:26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word,

Eph 5:27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.

Eph 5:28 So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself.

Eph 5:29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church.

Col 3:19 Husbands, love your wives and do not be bitter toward them.

John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

John 3:17 "For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

John 3:18 "He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

Rev 3:19 "As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.

Rev 3:20 "Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.

Rev 3:21 "To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.

Expressions of Love are:

Joy (a celebration that starts deep inside us and bubbles up and out), Peace (calm, quietness), Patience (excitedly wait), Kindness (forgiveness), goodness (usefulness), Faithfulness (unconditionally stay with someone), gentleness (does no harm), self-control (Self possession, does not allow others or circumstances to control emotions or reactions).

Word of advice: Do not pray for patience. It comes through tribulation. Ask Jesus to have his Holy Spirit produce patience in and flow through you via the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. After all it is one of the fruit of the Spirit.

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