God Explains “The Fruit Of The Spirit” Through Acts 4:32-35 And John 15:16

the coordinating conjunctions: for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so

Conjunctions….To Use Or Not To Use

Although most grammar teachers and grammar style guides are in disagreement on when it is alright to start a sentence with any of the above conjunctions including ‘because’, I am here to tell you that IT IS ALRIGHT TO DO SO!  And this has been true since Biblical times.

A schoolteacher’s rationale for not beginning a sentence with a conjunction such as ‘and’ and ‘but’ ‘grew wings’ in the 19th century.  Supposedly, they noticed that younger children were misusing these connectors and composing incomplete sentences to finish their prior written thoughts.  So, instead of gently correcting the poor grammar habits of the children, the teachers band the use of sentence-starter conjunctions altogether.  And to this day, the controversy continues.  (Notice my use of ‘So’ and ‘And’.)

To give my readers further grammatical credentials for utilizing coordinating conjunctions at the beginning of sentences, I refer you to two of the leading world famous literary guides to the English language.  (Both B. A. Garner and H. W. Fowler(*) classify the schoolteachers’ beliefs of the 19th century as plain ole superstitions.)

[Following is a quote from the internet.]

“Both Garner’s Modern American Usage, and Fowler’s Modern English Usage call this belief a superstition.  The Merriam-Webster Dictionary of English Usage (or MWDEU) says, “Everybody agrees that it’s all right to begin a sentence with and,” and notes that you can find examples of it all the way back to Old English.”


Scripture Lesson:  “BUT the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  Against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23

Just prior to giving this sobering list of attributes of the Fruit of the Spirit , Paul describes the acts of a sinful nature which has the power to forfeit a believer’s opportunity to receive eternal life with Christ Jesus (v. 5:19-21).  So, in other words, by using a ‘coordinating conjunction’, (But), Paul connects a positive truth with a negative one.

Paul’s Understanding For The “Fruit Of  The Spirit” As Told In The Book Of Acts

Acts 4:32a     Self-Control All the believers were one in heart and mind. Restraint exercised over one’s own impulses, emotions or desires.
Acts 4:32b       Love No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. Unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another.
Acts 4:33a    Peace With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. Freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions.
Acts 4:33b    Kindness And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all… The quality or state of being kind; affection.
Acts 34a      Forbearance …that there were no needy persons among them. The refraining from the enforcement of something as a debt, right or obligation that is due.
Acts 34b     Faithfulness For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales… Faithful implies unswerving adherence to a person or thing or to the oath or promise by which a tie was contracted.
Acts 4:35a   Gentleness …and put it at the apostles’ feet, The quality or state of being gentle, honorable; mildness of manner; or disposition.
Acts 4:35b   Joy …and it was distributed to anyone who had need. Delight; the expression or exhibition of such emotion.
John 15:16  Goodness “…but I chose you…so that you might go and bear (good) fruit–fruit that will last…” The quality or state of being good.  (Only GOD is GOOD.  He alone enables us to bear fruit, not we ourselves.)

(*) Note:  No relation to me, Mother Fowler. I”m just sayin’…

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God Became ‘Flesh’ In Order To Explain (Exegete) Love

Numerous literary writers, theologians and psychologists tell us that there are five ‘languages’ by which to express love.  Namely, they are through words of affirmation; acts of service; physical touch; quality time; and receiving gifts.  But through prayerfully conversing with God over the many years of my life, he has shown and proven to me that a most significant and sacrificial act on his part combined all five ‘love languages’ in just one pre-ordained divine event.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

In one of his more playful moments (like school yard recess) the Lord said to me, “My child, let’s take a break from in depth bible study.  Recite for Me the many ways you know how to express love.” As those instructions penetrated my mind, I smiled.  Lord, you are truly like a father helping his child with their homework, I thought.  How sweet of you to ask.

Immediately, I grabbed my pen and note pad and began to compose the following lyrical poem entitled “A Play On Words”.

  A Play On Words…”I Love You”

 Blog Question about love "Maybe".jpg        A QUESTION………………..I LOVE YOU?

Blog I love you African mom and child.jpg                  A STATEMENT………………..I LOVE YOU.

Blog Wink and Hat "I luv Yah".jpg             A WINK AND A NOD…………I LUV YAH

Blog Like a Child "I love you Mommy".jpg                LIKE A CHILD……………I Love You, Mommy.

Blog Joke "I love you, alright!".jpg         LIKE A JOKE………..Huh, I Love You, Alright!

Blog Divine "I love you my child".jpg           OR MAYBE DIVINE………..I Love You, My Child.

Blog Amorous "I truly love you" Racial mix.jpg  HOW ABOUT AMOROUS…I chose you and I Love You

Blog Declaration "I do love you".jpg         A DECLARATION……………….I Told You, I Do Love You

Blog A big Lie Baby and bear.jpg       OR EVEN A LIE…..I’ve Loved You All My Life, Bud.

Blog Joking "I love you, Kid! or a Lie.jpg  PERHAPS, JUST KIDDING. You Love Me, And I Love You

Blog A Lie "I've loved you all my life, baby".jpg   WHEN IN PAIN…Hang In There.  I Love You, Kid!

Blog Surprise "You love you?".jpg

OR A BIG, BIG SURPRISE…..Did I Hear That Right, Did She Say, “I Love You!”


REFRAME:  No matter how you say those words                                                                                             They will always evoke a response                                                                                                 I love you?   I love you.  I luv yah!                                                                                                  Sounds good, regardless of the cost.

The ‘key’ words in John 3:16 are “the world”.  And the word ‘world’ in this case, includes all of humanity…even those two human beings who were ‘created’ and lived in Eden as well as everyone else ‘born’ after them.  God sincerely loves us all;  genuinely and forever.  The problem comes in when the world refuses to accept either God’s gift of Love or his Son, Jesus Christ.  The world would rather choose my whimsical way of expressing emotions depicted in the above poem.

We all agree that God is love and his reincarnation in his messianic Servant Jesus Christ (flesh) is the fulfillment of the Scripture in Psalm 2:7; “I will surely tell of the decree of Yahweh:  He said to Me, ‘Thou art My Son, today I have begotten Thee.”  This revelation came to David aeons before Christ was born.

When we think about just Who Jesus is, we can honestly say He fulfilled all five love languages during His physical life time here on earth.  He used words of affirmation to all those given to Him by the Father.  He miraculously demonstrated acts of service to mankind through the creation.  He physically touched people, dead or alive, and is the sustainer and preserver of the material universe.  He spent quality time in prayer with His Father, His disciples, friends and a host of others. And without a doubt, His final act of allowing Himself to become the atoning death on the cross was the ultimate gift He gave for fallen humanity (including Adam and Eve) and He ushered in the Holy Spirit for our protection and sealer.

Recess is over, Kid.  It’s time to get back to work!

Scripture Lesson:  John 13: 34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Amen.

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