38 Biblical Character Traits Every Christian Is To Have
(fruit of the Spirit) - part 1
by Pastor Shane Montgomery

How They Are Possible:
Salvation: Matthew 7:17-20, Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
Word of God: Psalms 1:2-3, But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
Local Church: Psalms 92:13, Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God.
Spirit of God: Galatians 5:22-23, But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Abiding in Christ: John 15:1-5, I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
Chastisement (Purging): Hebrews 12:11, Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.

The Traits:
1) boldness/confidence/courage/fearlessness/security

God is with us always, therefore should not fear but have courage
- Josh 1:9, courageous and not afraid because God is always with us
- Is 41:10, He is with us and will strengthen us

God is our strength and salvation, therefore have confidence and not fear
- Ps 27:1-3, not afraid but confident because God is strength and salvation
- Ps 27:14, wait and have good courage
- Ps 31:24, hope in the Lord and have good courage
- Ps 118:6, God is on our side
- Is 12:2, salvation and strength

Our heart can be fixed and established upon the Lord and not fear
- Ps 56:4, 11, not fear because trust in God
- Ps 112:7-8, fixed heart and established, therefore not afraid
- Pr 3:26, 14:26, God is our confidence
- Is 26:3, mind stayed on God

We can have boldness to enter God's presence
- Ep 3:12, our faith in Christ gives boldness and access
- He 4:14-16, boldly to the throne because of Jesus
- He 10:19, 22, boldness to enter the holiest by the blood of Jesus, full assurance

Boldness and confidence comes from obedience
- Pr 28:1, righteous are bold
- I Jn 2:28, abide in Him and have confidence

Because of God's presence, we should have boldness to witness
- Pr 29:25, fear of man bringeth a snare (Jn 12:42-43)
- Je 1:7-8, need not fear their faces
- Ac 4:13, 29, 31, boldness came from His presence and we should ask for it
- II Ti 1:7, the Spirit of the Lord does not give fear

Our confidence should not be in ourselves
- Php 3:3, no confidence in the flesh

We should stand fast even if alone
- I Co 10:13, Ga 5:1, Php 4:1, stand fast
- Ep 6:11-14, stand against the wiles of the devil with the armour of God


2) commitment/consecration/dedication/yieldedness/willingness

The opposite condition: Re 3:15-20, lukewarm (God hates)

Putting God First
- Pr 3:6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
- Mt 6:33, But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness;
- 1Co 10:31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. 
- Mt 6:24, two masters; with Jas 1:8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

Forsaking All For God
- Lu 14:27, And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.
- Lu 14:33, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.
- Ro 12:1, I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living                 sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
- II Co 8:3, 5, For to their power, I bear record, yea, and beyond their power they were willing of themselves; And    this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God.
- Ga 5:24, And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
- Php 3:7-8, what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things        but loss 

Willingness to Serve God
- Ac 9:6, And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?
- Lu 17:10 So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are          unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.
- II Co 8:12, For if there be first a willing mind

Yielded/Submissive to God
- Ro 6:13, but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as                      instruments of righteousness unto God.
- Jas 4:7, Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.


3) compassion/sympathy/mercy

God's mercy is our example:
- Lu 6:36 Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.
- Lam 3:22, God's mercy has nothing to do with the merit of those receiving it
- Mt 18:23-33 Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?

Compassion helps us to relate to others' problems:
- Ro 12:15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.
- Heb 13:3 Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being        yourselves also in the body.

Compassion leads us to be pitiful and courteous:
- 1Pe 3:8 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be                courteous:

Compassion leads us to meet needs:
- 1Jo 3:17 But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of       compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
- Pr 19:17 He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.
- Ga 6:2 Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

Compassion leads us to witness (meet the greatest need):
- Jude 1:22 And of some have compassion, making a difference:


4) contentment

- Php 4:11, Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
- He 13:5, Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have:
- 1Ti 6:6-9, But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.
- Mt 6:33-34, But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
- Pr 15:16, Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith.

opposite is discontentment, complaining, moaning, covetousness, envious
- Pro 19:3, his heart fretteth against the LORD (discontentment)
- Ac 6:1, murmuring began in the church right from the beginning
- He 13:5, Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have:
- Num 11:1, God punished the people for complaining
- Num 14:27, God was not pleased with the murmuring
- Php 2:14, do all things without murmuring
- pain=gain, life is hard, but personal pain can foster wisdom and spiritual depth


5) diligence

- 2Co 8:7, Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also.
- Ro 12:11, Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;

God rewards diligence:
- Pr 13:4, The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.
- Pr 22:29, Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.

God teaches diligence through nature:
- Pr 6:6-, go to the ant (he works!) thou sluggard and consider her ways

Slothfulness/Sluggardness/Idleness results in problems:
- Pr 15:19, The way of the slothful man is as an hedge of thorns
- Pr 18:9, He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.
- Pr 19:15, Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.
(the ones serving are the ones growing)
- Pr 26:14, As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed.
- Pr 26:16, The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason.
- Ec 10:18, By much slothfulness the building decayeth; and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth through.
- II Th 3:10-11, don't work=don't eat, idleness leads to disorderly behaviour

Sluggards always have excuses:
- Pr 20:4, The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.
- Pr 22:13, The slothful man saith, There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets.

Jesus rebuked idleness/slothfulness:
- Mt 20:6-7, Jesus says to stop being idle and to go to work in His vineyard
- Mt 25:25-26, Jesus was upset with the one that did not use his talents
- Jesus called him slothful


6) discretion/prudence/circumspection

Ps 112:5 A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion.
Eph 5:15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,

It Preserves:
- Pr 2:11 Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:

Suppress Anger
- Pr 12:16 A fool's wrath is presently known: but a prudent man covereth shame.
- Pr 19:11 The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a 

Slow to speak, silent when should be:
- Pr 12:23 A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness.
- Am 5:13 Therefore the prudent shall keep silence in that time; for it is an evil time.

Deal with knowledge, crowned with knowledge, get knowledge:
- Pr 13:16 Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge: but a fool layeth open his folly.
- Pr 14:18 The simple inherit folly: but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.
- Pr 18:15 The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.

Look well to their goings, Foresee and avoid evil (caution):
- Pr 14:8 The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.
- Pr 14:15 The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going.
- Pr 22:3 A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.

Regard Reproof (teachable):
- Pr 15:5 A fool despiseth his father's instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent.
- Pr 16:21 The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.

Wives to be:
- Pr 11:22 As a jewel of gold in a swine's snout, so is a fair woman which is without discretion.
- Pr 19:14 House and riches are the inheritance of fathers: and a prudent wife is from the LORD.


7) faith/hope - faith is only as good as the object in which it is placed

- He 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
- He 6:18-19, That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul
- Ps 39:7 And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee.
- Ps 71:5 For thou art my hope, O Lord GOD: thou art my trust from my youth.
- Jer 17:7 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.
- I Pe 5:7, casting all your care upon Him, otherwise you will "worry"

- We were saved by faith, we must keep walking by faith, II Co 5:7

- I Jn 5:4, This is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith

- Faith is our shield, Ep 6:16

- Answered prayer by, Mt 21:22

- From the Bible, Ro 15:4, Jn 20:31

- from the Spirit, Ga 5:22


8) faithfulness/steadfastness/perseverance

- success is being faithful to what God asks of us and leaving the results to Him

Pr 20:6 Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?
Co 2:5 For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ.

God commended faithfulness:
- Nu 12:7 My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house.

God commands stedfastness:
- I Co 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

Blessings will result from faithfulness:
- Pr 28:20 A faithful man shall abound with blessings

Our Rewards are Based upon Faithfulness:
- Mt 25:21, 23 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

Faithfulness is required for stewardship:
- I Co 4:2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. 

Faithfulness determines our stewardship:
- Lu 16:10 He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.
- II Ti 2:2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.

We must be stedfast when tempted to quit:
- 2Co 4:16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
- Ga 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
- 1Pe 5:9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

We must be Stedfast in Doctrine:
- 2Pe 3:17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.
- Eph 4:14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
- 1Co 16:13 Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.


9) flexibility/adaptability

- for the sake of winning the lost to Christ

- 1Co 9:19-22, For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.
- 1Co 10:33 Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.
- 2Co 6:3 Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed:
- Php 4:12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
- Ga 5:13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

 
10) forgiveness

- you must be willing to forgive and be forgiven or your wounds will never heal and your conscience will never be clear

Mt 18:21-35, The Unforgiving Servant
vs. 21-22, the parable in response to Peter's question about forgiveness of others
vs. 24, The first man owed about 5 billion dollars by today's monies.
- what we owed (a debt we could not pay)
vs. 25, there was no way he could pay this debt
vs. 26, the servant asked for mercy (what we ask for when we ask to be saved)
- Ti 3:5, according to His mercy
vs. 27, the compassion of the Lord
- Mt 9:36, Jesus was moved with compassion; Mt 14:14; 15:32
- I Pe 3:8, we are to have this same compassion
vs. 27, loosed him
- we were delivered from sin and its penalty and its control at salvation, Co 1:13; I Th 1:10
vs. 27, forgave him
- a picture of what Christ forgave us: all
- Col 2;13, He forgives "all" of our sins at salvation
vs. 28, The second man owed about 2500 dollars by today's monies.
- a small debt compared to what we owed the Lord
- a picture of our need to forgive others
vs. 28, took him by the throat (showed no compassion or mercy)
- this is what we look like when we will not forgive others (bitterness is a sin)
- Ro 12:17-21, Read this
vs. 29, the debtor asked for patience
- Lu 17:4 And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.
vs. 30, the servant would not forgive
- Ep 4:31, we're not to have bitterness
vs. 32, God calls it wickedness when we will not forgive
vs. 33, even as I had pity on thee
- Eph 4:32, it's commanded for us to forgive as God forgave
- Col 3:13, it's commanded to forgive as Christ forgave
vs. 34, it makes God angry when we will not forgive
- Mk 11:25-26, Read this
- when you go to prayer can you say: "I have no bitterness"
vs. 35, we must forgive
- Mt 6:14-15, For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.


11) frugality/thriftiness

Lu 16:1-13, The Unjust Steward

vs. 1, the rich man is the Lord (Ps 50:10)
- all we have comes from Him, Deu 8:18; I Chr 29:14
vs. 1, we're all God's stewards
- 1Pe 4:10, As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
vs. 1, wasted his goods (God hates waste - see Jesus taking up the fragments, Lu 9:17; Jn 6:12)
- Pr 18:9, He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.
- Pr 21:20, There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spendeth it up.
- God does not want what He has given us to go to waste
- Mt 25:27, God wants return (usury) on His investment in us
vs. 2, we will all give account of our stewardship (I Co 4:2)
vs. 3, we must all ask ourselves if we are being good stewards of what God has given us
vs. 8, we are to be wise with money - use it for God's purposes
vs. 8, churches must be wise in their financial dealings
vs. 9, use money for spiritual purposes, so as to make eternal friends (win the lost)
vs. 9, we will rejoice with ones in heaven that have been saved through our financial giving
vs. 10-11, money is God's training ground (God is watching how we handle money)

- Decisions should "not" be based on finances (that's the world's way), they should be based on Biblical principles and God's will. (riches do not define success, give happiness, or provide security)
- Mat 6:33; 13:22, "deceitfulness of riches"
- we must be faithful in the unrighteous mammon (God must also have our wallet, if we're to be true disciples)
- we must give, Mt 23:23; Mark 7:10-11 (even if on dole); I Co 16:1-3, Mal 3:8-10
- II Co 8:1-16, we must give in faith
- we reap what we sow, II Co 9:1-13
- Put God first, and needs will be met; Prov 3:9-10; Mat 6:31-33
- When needs come up, give God a chance to provide them first

vs. 10, are faithful in little things (ie. faithful prayer and Bible study)?
vs. 12, have to be faithful with money for God to trust with more gifts
vs. 13, Having money is not sin, loving money is sin, I Tim 6:10, 17
- we cannot serve both


12) gentleness/tenderness

God and Christ are our example of gentleness and tenderness:
- 2Co 10:1, Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you:
- Isa 40:11 He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.
- Jas 5:11, Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.

Gentleness is one of the fruits of the Spirit:
- Ga 5:22-23, But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

God's wisdom is gentle:
- Jas 3:17, But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

Gentleness should affect our interaction with all people:
- 2Ti 2:24, And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,
- Pr 19:11, The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.

Gentleness should also affect our speech:
- Pr 15:1, A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

Gentleness is the opposite of speaking evil and brawling (picking a fight):
- Ti 3:1-2, Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work, To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.

The Tenderhearted should be forgiving and kind:
- Eph 4:32, And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.

Gentleness is synonymous with kindness:
- Col 3:12, Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness (same Greek word as gentle), humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
- II Pe 1:5-8, And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Gentleness is synonymous with moderation:
- Php 4:5 Let your moderation (same Greek word as gentle) be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.


13) goodness/kindness

God is our example of goodness and kindness:
- Ps 33:5, He loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the LORD.
- Ps 34:8, O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
- Ps 117:2, For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD endureth for ever. Praise ye the LORD.
- Ps 119:68, Thou art good, and doest good; teach me thy statutes.
- Ps 119:76, Let, I pray thee, thy merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to thy word unto thy servant.
- Ro 2:4, Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?
- Eph 2:7, That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

Goodness is one of the fruits of the Spirit:
- Ga 5:22-23, But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
- 1Co 13:4, Charity suffereth long, and is kind

Goodness leads us to admonish and forgive one another:
- Ro 15:14, And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another.
- Eph 4:32 And be ye kind (same Greek word) one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.

Goodness and kindness extends even to enemies:
- Lu 6:35, But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.

Goodness and kindness also lead to friendliness, hospitality, and being courteous:
- Pr 18:24, A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.
- Ro 12:13, Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.
- 1Pe 4:9, Use hospitality one to another without grudging.
- I Pe 3:8, Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:


14) helpfulness

Ro 16:1-2 (Phebe a helper of many)

Sacrificing for others:
- Ro 16:3- 4, Greet Priscilla and Aquila my helpers in Christ Jesus, Who have for my life laid down their own necks: unto whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles.

Praying for others:
- 2Co 1:11 Ye also helping together by prayer for us
- Ro 15:30, Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ's sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me

Companion in the labour of others (fellowsoldier):
- 1Co 16:15-16, I beseech you, brethren, (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints,) That ye submit yourselves unto such, and to every one that helpeth with us, and laboureth.
- Php 2:25 Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labour, and fellowsoldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants.
- Php 4:3 And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life.

Meet others needs:
- Mt 25:35, For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
- Php 2:25 Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labour, and fellowsoldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants.
- I Jn 3:17, But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?

Comfort to others:
- Col 4:11 And Jesus, which is called Justus, who are of the circumcision. These only are my fellowworkers unto the kingdom of God, which have been a comfort unto me.
- Ro 12:15, Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep
- Ga 6:2, Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
- Ecc 4:9-10, Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.

Are We Caring For One Another?

Are We Helping One Another?


15) holiness/godliness

- the right way to live is to live right

- the key to living a holy life is a "ready repentance" of sin

We Are Commanded to Be Holy:
- Ro 12:1, I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
- 1Th 4:7 For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.
- I Pe 1:15-16, But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

Godliness and Holiness are Only Possible Through the New Birth (By Yielding):
- Eph 4:24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
- Ro 6:19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.

To Be Holy We Must Cleanse Ourselves from Filthiness and Deny Ungodliness:
- 2Co 7:1, Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
- Tit 2:11-12, For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,

Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

We Must Exercise (Work) Unto Godliness:
- 1Ti 4:7-8 But refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness. For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.

Knowing That This World is Not Our Home Should Help Motivate Us To Be Godly:
- 2Pe 3:11, Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,

Beware of Those That Think Gain is Godliness:
- 1Ti 6:5-6, Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. But godliness with contentment is great gain.

Beware of Those That Have a Form of Godliness:
- 2Ti 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.


16) honesty

God hates a lying tongue and dishonesty:
- Pr 6:16-17, These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
- Pr 11:1 A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight.
- Pr 12:22 Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight.

Satan is the father of lies:
- Joh 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

We're to behave honestly in all situations:
- Ro 12:17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.
- Ro 13:13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.
- 2Co 8:21 Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.
- Eph 4:25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.
- Ep 6:6 Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;
- Col 3:9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;
- 1Th 4:12 That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.
- 1Ti 2:2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

There are blessings with being honest:
- Pr 12:19 The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment.
- Pr 12:22 Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight.
- Pr 14:25 A true witness delivereth souls: but a deceitful witness speaketh lies.
- Ac 6:3 Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.
- 1Pe 2:12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.

There are curses with dishonesty:
- Pr 13:5 A righteous man hateth lying: but a wicked man is loathsome, and cometh to shame.

Dishonesty hurts others:
- Pr 11:9, An hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbour: but through knowledge shall the just be delivered.
- Pr 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
- Pr 26:28 A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin.


17) humility/lowliness

Jesus Christ is our example:
- Mt 11:29, Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
- Php 2:3-8, Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves...he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

Pride began with Satan and is part of the world:
- Is 14:12-14, began with Satan
- I Jn 2:16, the pride of life part of the world's sins

God hates pride:
- Pr 6:16-17, These six things doth the LORD hate...A proud look
- Pr 16:5, Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.
- Pr 21:4, a proud heart...is sin

Pride will lead to trouble:
- Pr 13:10, Only by pride cometh contention
- Pr 16:18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
- Pr 18:12 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility.
- Pr 28:25, He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife
- Pr 29:23 A man's pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.
- Mt 23:12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.
- I Co 10:12, Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.

We're commanded to be humble:
- Eph 4:2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
- Col 3:12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
- Jas 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

Humility brings honour and blessings from the LORD:
- Pr 15:33 The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.
- Pr 16:19 Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.
- Pr 18:12 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility.
- Pr 22:4 By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and life.
- Pr 29:23 A man's pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.
- Mt 18:4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
- Mt 23:12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.
- Jas 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
- 1Pe 5:5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.


18) impartiality

God is our example of impartiality:
- Ro 2:11, For there is no respect of persons with God.
- Jas 3:17, But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

We're commanded to be impartial:
- Pr 21:3, To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.
- Pr 24:23, These things also belong to the wise. It is not good to have respect of persons in judgment.
- I Ti 5:21, I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality.
- Jas 2:1-4, 8-9, My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons. For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment; And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool: Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?...If ye fulfil the royal law according to the Scrippture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.

Partiality will lead to sin:
- Pr 28:21, To have respect of persons is not good: for for a piece of bread that man will transgress.


19) integrity/uprightness

- "what a person did yesterday, he will tend to do tomorrow"

- what we call "character"

- a true measure of character is what we are when we're alone

Integrity is a choice (to fear the LORD):
- Pr 1:29 For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD:
- Pr 14:2 He that walketh in his uprightness feareth the LORD: but he that is perverse in his ways despiseth him.
- Da 6:10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.
- Ep 6:6-7, Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men:

Integrity will guide us:
- Pr 10:9 He that walketh uprightly walketh surely: but he that perverteth his ways shall be known.
- Pr 11:3 The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.

Integrity will result in blessings and opportunities to serve:
- Pr 28:20 A faithful man shall abound with blessings
- Ac 6:3 Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.
- Ga 5:10 I have confidence in you through the Lord, that ye will be none otherwise minded: but he that troubleth you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be.
- 2Th 3:4 And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command you. 
- 1Ti 3:10 And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless.
- 1Ti 5:22 Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men's sins: keep thyself pure.
-2Ti 2:2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.
- Phm 1:21 Having confidence in thy obedience I wrote unto thee, knowing that thou wilt also do more than I say.

Integrity is more important than possessions or money:
- Pr 19:1 Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.
- Pr 22:1 A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.
- Pr 28:6 Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich.

One with integrity will pass it on to his children:
- Pr 20:7 The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.

One without integrity is not dependable:
- Pr 25:19 Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.


20) joy

God's people are to have joy:
- Ps 5:11 But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.
- Ps 68:3 But let the righteous be glad; let them rejoice before God: yea, let them exceedingly rejoice.
- Php 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.
- I Th 5:16 Rejoice evermore.

Joy comes from the Lord:
- Ps 16:11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
- Ro 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
- Ga 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

Joy comes from the Word of God:
- Jer 15:16 Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.
- Joh 15:11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
- 1Jo 1:4 And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.

Joy comes from answered prayer:
- Joh 16:24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.

We are to joy even in tribulations:
- Hab 3:17-18, Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
- Lu 6:23 Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.
- Ac 5:41 And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.
- Jas 1:2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
- I Pe 1:6-8, Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
- 1Pe 4:12-13, Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

If we have lost our joy, we must ask God for it back:
- Ps 51:12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.

38 Biblical Character Traits Every Christian Is To Have (fruit of the Spirit) - part 2


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