Living for God's Pleasure: The Fruit of the SpiritBy: Derek Prime
As a gardener enjoys walking in his garden to see evidences of growth and beauty, so God looks in the garden he has planted -- his church -- for evidences of Christlikeness in those he redeemed at such a tremendous cost. If we are truly his disciples we will be recognizable by the fruit of his Holy Spirit in our lives. In this extremely practical and thought-provoking book Derek Prime helpfully deals with each aspect of the fruit of the Spirit, encouraging us to examine and test ourselves to see whether we are in the faith. Most importantly, he shows us that if Jesus Christ lives in us by his Spirit then there will be fruit to prove it, and there are no exceptions. The fruit of the Spirit is the natural lifestyle of those in whom the Spirit lives and who follow his direction. It is not produced by commandment or law but by life. As we depend upon him and obey him, he points us to the Lord Jesus Christ, encouraging us to model our lives on his. When we do so, we will bear the kind of spiritual fruit that brings praise and pleasure to God. Each chapter concludes with practical points for consideration and there is also a section containing questions that may be used to stimulate further discussion on this important topic. Book jacket.