The "Fruit of the Spirit "governs our works, not what we consider works. Everyone thinks of or talks about works, but not about the fruit of the spirit. With the fruit of the spirit, results are seen. It is not so much the method used as it is the accomplishments. The attitude we live by brings about the results. Following the fruit of the spirit ensures the proper method and the results God desires.
When we live in accordance with the way God would have us live, we need not worry about works; they happen. When we do not live according to God's plan, all the works in the world are not good enough. To walk in the Spirit is the work we are to do. When we walk in the Spirit, we will perform God's will. His will is the part of faith that people see as works. Faith alone is all it takes for salvation, but saving faith is never alone. Martin Luther said, "Faith cannot help doing good works constantly." If you have the fruit of the spirit, you will perform many good works. If you put on the armour of God, you will shun the works of evil. Your attitude will also reflect the attitude God requires of His people. Works are largely a matter of attitude, not activity.
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