The Fruit of the Spirit

The Path That Leads to Loving as Jesus Loved

by Steve Langford



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 2/22/2019

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 110
ISBN : 9781973652946
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 110
ISBN : 9781973652939
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 110
ISBN : 9781973652953

About the Book

Jesus and the apostle Paul both identified love as the distinguishing mark of the follower of Jesus. In his description of the fruit of the Spirit, Paul described how it is possible to love the way Jesus loved. But how do we love in this profound way?

The Fruit of the Spirit explores the nine interrelated traits of the fruit of the Spirit as the path that leads to loving the way that Jesus loved. The nine traits Paul identified—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control—are interrelated and interdependent. Love is the number-one trait and the goal of the Spirit's work. Joy and peace are the inner disposition out of which love flows. The next five traits describe what love looks like in relationships. The final trait, self-control, is the key that make the others possible.

By learning about the interrelation between these traits and the barriers to them that are inherent in our human nature, you, too, can understand how the Spirit moves between these barriers—what Paul called "the flesh"—and empowers us to love as Jesus loved.

About the Author

Steve Langford—also known as Pastor Steve—has given his adult life to the study and teaching of scripture in the local church, and he has served as a pastor for over forty-five years, first as a Baptist minister and then as an ordained elder in the Central Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church. He has a bachelor's degree in biblical studies from Howard Payne University, and he received his master and doctor of divinity degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Pastor Steve is married to Etta, his wife of forty-eight years, and they have three adult sons and four grandchildren.