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Aggressive Fruit of the Spirit

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Aggressive Fruit of the Spirit

Many people in the world are aggressive; aggressive for power, glory, wealth… in short selfishness. Yet the teaching of Yeshua seems to point to an opposite character. In His first recorded message, the Sermon on the Mount, Yeshua said, “The meek will inherit the earth” and “Blessed are the merciful” and the pure in heart” (Matthew 5:3-8).

This is an opposite aggressiveness. The opposite of aggressiveness is not passivity, but a focused effort to go in the exact reverse direction from the lusts and selfishness in human society. It is to swim against the stream. It is sacrificial love (John 3:16); victory over world (I John 2:13); crucifixion of the flesh (Galatians 5:24). We could call this aggressive “fruit of the spirit” (Galatians 5:22).

Love is a fruit of the spirit. Yeshua told us even to “Love our enemies” (Matthew 5:44). Joy is a fruit of the spirit. Yeshua told us to rejoice when we are persecuted for righteousness sake (Matthew 5:11-12). We are to have peace in the storm (Mark 4:39) and patience in suffering (Romans 12:12).

Not only are we to be generous, but to be “overflowing in generosity from the depths of poverty” (II Corinthians 8:2). We are called not only to be faithful, but to be faithful when others are unfaithful (II Timothy 2:13, 15); not only to have self-restraint, but to “put to death the works of the flesh by means of the spirit” (Romans 8:13).

Is it possible to think in terms of “aggressive humility” or “aggressive generosity”? Can we make it our goal to live by the teaching of the Beatitudes and the Fruit of Spirit? This is what it means to be “created in the image of God” (Genesis 1:26) and to be “conformed to the image of Christ” (Romans 8:29).

By | 2017-06-01T16:13:59+00:00 June 1st, 2017|Biblical Teaching, Blog|2 Comments

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  1. rebeccal June 22, 2017 at 00:45

    The word aggressive has different definitions (denotations) and connotations. A few of them are listed below. One of the definitions listed (#3) states “strong or emphatic in effect or intent” should we pursue the fruits of the spirit with all our heart, soul, mind? That could be strong or emphatic, and, therefore, aggressive. That does not mean combative or selfish. Its simply looking to one, lesser used denotation of a word commonly associated with negative attributes.

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    Definition of aggressive
    1
    a : tending toward or exhibiting aggression aggressive behavior
    b : marked by combative readiness an aggressive fighter
    2
    a : marked by obtrusive energy and self-assertiveness a rude, aggressive personality
    b : marked by driving forceful energy or initiative : enterprising an aggressive salesman
    3
    : strong or emphatic in effect or intent aggressive colors aggressive flavors
    4
    : growing, developing, or spreading rapidly aggressive bone tumors
    5
    : more severe, intensive, or comprehensive than usual especially in dosage or extent aggressive chemotherapy

  2. J E-A June 3, 2017 at 23:14

    Dear brother,

    Because of love I am compelled to say that in the attempt to encourage us to live our lives wholeheartedly, passionately, totally, actively, even extremely for God because of Jesus and through the fruit and gifts of the spirit, the use of the word ‘aggressive’ is confusing.

    Looking at the fruit of the spirit (Galatians 5:22) and at the description of love (1 Corinthians 13:4-7) we’ll find that not only aggressive or aggressiveness is not connected to any of them, but it is also the direct antonym to some of them.

    Aggressiveness describes an act that is selfish and disregards the other. As far as I understand God’s word that is not what he requires of us, and it is not who he is himself. His example, that we can follow and encourage each other with is as extreme as aggressiveness, but is the opposite of selfish – His example was sacrificial love. Sacrificial would mean an act that is selfless and utterly for another.

    Shavua tov 🙂

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