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Fruit of the Holy Spirit: Modesty and Continency

len Alfred Ajibola - 20th October, 2023 @ 08:01 PM

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Academic Questions in CRS

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The feeding of five thousand men with five loaves of bread and two fishes paved way for Jesus' teaching on _____.

  • A. The sermon on the mount

  • B. The living bread

  • C. Prayer, fasting and almsgiving

  • D. The prodigal son

  • E. The good samaritan

  • F. Giving

According to Christianity, Jesus Christ suffered for us all. As a result, Christians do not have to suffer on earth.

  • A. True

  • B. False

In the gospel of Matthew chapter 18 verse 21-35, Jesus tells what story?

  • A. The story of the prodigal son

  • B. The story of the good Samaritan

  • C. The story of the fig tree

  • D. The beatitudes

  • E. The story of the vineyard

  • F. The story of the unforgiving servant

What is Jesus' last word on the cross?

  • A. Father, forgive them, for they know not what they are doing

  • B. My God, my God, why have you forsaken me

  • C. I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise

  • D. I am thirsty

  • E. It is finished

  • F. Father, into your hands I commit my spirit

With regards to giving, Jesus made the statement below:

Do your acts of righteousness before men, to be seen by them. If you do this, you will have a reward from your Father in heaven.

  • A. True

  • B. False

At last, he came to his senses and said, 'All my father’s hired workers have more than they can eat, and here am I about to starve! I will get up and go back to my father and say, Father, I have sinned against God and against you. I am no longer fit to be called your son; treat me as one of your hired workers'. So he got up and started back to his father.

The above statement was made by the prodigal son when he took up a job in a distant country. What job was that?

  • A. Care of cattle

  • B. Care of sheep

  • C. Care of goats

  • D. Care of pigs

  • E. Care of cattle and sheep

  • F. Care of cattle and sheep and goats

The parable of the prodigal son is found in which of the following bible passages?

  • A. Matthew 15: 11-32

  • B. Mark 15: 11-32

  • C. Luke 15: 11-32

  • D. John 15: 11-32

  • E. None of the above

  • F. All of the above

Jesus was born specifically in _____.

  • A. Jerusalem

  • B. Bethlehem

  • C. Nazareth

  • D. Israel

  • E. Capernaum

  • F. Calvary



Fruit of the Holy Spirit:

The fruit of the Holy Spirit refers to the summation of all the visible signs of our new life in Christ Jesus. You can think of them as the core substance that informs the world of our christianity. Therefore all christians are expected to live by the standard and influence of the Spirit, and not the flesh. Indeed, there is no law against the fruit of the Holy Spirit.

  • But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23.

 

Generally, we have twelve fruits of the Holy Spirit. However, we shall consider two of these in this article. These are modesty and continency. Meanwhile, below are the 12 fruits of the Holy Spirit:

  1. Charity

  2. Joy

  3. Peace

  4. Patience

  5. Benignity (Kindness)

  6. Goodness

  7. Longanimity (Long-suffering and Perseverance)

  8. Mildness

  9. Faith

  10. Modesty

  11. Continency

  12. Chastity 

Please read the introduction to the characteristics of the new life in Christ through the fruit of the Holy Spirit here.

 

  • Modesty

Modesty is a fruit of the Holy Spirit that eliminates pride and greed from those who possess it. It is therefore an essential catalyst for humility and contentment. Meanwhile, understand that modesty can also help us become patient with the fault of others, and can somewhat eliminate idolatry, especially in the way we view ourselves.

Note: You can think of idolatry as an instance where people have extreme admiration for themselves, objects, or man-made things, and as such treat them as their god.

Pease read on the supremacy of God here.

 

Modesty as a gift of the Holy Spirit is defined as the act of being contented with who we are, what we are, and whatever we have; while simultaneously returning all glory to God whenever any good happens to us.

 

In Matthew chapter 23, Jesus Christ expressed disapproval on the lifestyle of the pharisees, and one reason for this disapproval was based on the the fact that they lacked modesty. The pharisees were attention seekers who lived a conspicuous lifestyle under the guise of being pious and religious teachers. For this reason, Jesus clearly stated that we must not do what they do because they do not practice what they preach.

  • The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. They tie up heavy, cumbersome loads and put them on other people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them. 'Everything they do is done for people to see: They make their phylacteries wide and the tassels on their garments long; they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues; they love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and to be called ‘Rabbi’ by others - Matthew 23:2-7.
  • Please read on the concept of justification by faith here.

 

It is quite dangerous to live a life devoid of modesty. This is true because a lack of modesty in one's life can become scandalous to others. In fact, this was one of the reasons for which he disapproved of the Pharisee's lifestyle. In our world today, many young people see a variety of lifestyles lacking modesty on social media, and may become willing to carry out fraudulent actions toward achieving such lifestyles.

You can read motivational quotes for students here.

 

It is important to categorically state that modesty doesn't mean we shouldn't enjoy the best lifestyles. In fact, it is good to enjoy the best of lifestyles to the glory of God. However, we should not embark on fraudulent activities for the sake of such flamboyant lifestyle. Also, it is much better that we adorn ourselves with a modest lifestyle through self-control and good reputation, rather than gold or very expensive attires.

  • Do not let your adorning be external - the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear - but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious. - 1st Peter 3:3-4.
  • Please read on the moral lessons learnt from the prodigal son here.

 

With regards to the above, modesty presents us with an opportunity to perform a greater good. For instance, a person may choose to buy a decent, and less expensive car, instead of purchasing a variety of expensive set of cars. This action of modesty will result into a extra disposable income for such individual which can be channeled into charity. Remember that charity covers a multitude of sins (1st Peter 4:8).

Please read on Jesus' teaching on giving here.

 

The 6th, 7th, 9th, and 10th commandments all point towards modesty. By this, I mean that the practice of modesty can help us restrict ourselves to our rightful belongings. The commandments are summarized accordingly below:

  • Thou shall not commit adultery: Being modest restrict (or limit) married couples to having sexual intimacy with their respective partner alone.

  • Thou shall not steal: Being modest gives us a sense of contentment with whatever God blesses us with, no matter how little it is.

  • Thou shall not covet thy neighbor's wife: Being modest eliminates a strong yearning towards having a neighbors wife, regardless how strong the temptation presents itself.

  • Thou shall not covet thy neighbor's goods: Being modest kills the strong cravings toward our neighbors goods, no matter how dire we are in need of it.

 

Being modest with regards to the above commandments imply that we should be contented with whatever we have; as this will indeed help us overcome the sins of stealing, adultery and covetousness as summarized by these commandments.

Please read on the new life in Christ here.

 

  • Continency

You can think of continency as having self-control, self-restraint, self-discipline, self-denial, or temperance; especially with the pleasures of illicit sexual gratification.

The term 'continency' originates from the Latin word 'continentia', which means 'to hold back'. In this regard, the action of continence implies that priority is giving to the things of the Spirit, rather than those of the flesh. For this reason, concupiscence and carnal passions are repressed (or put in check) as a result of continence, a gift of the Spirit.

 

Continency (or continence) can be defined as an action of self-control, self-restraint, and temperance with regards to the things of the world, but more especially towards the flesh, carnal passion, concupiscence, and the illicit gratification of sex outside marriage, alongside other sexual sins.

Continency is one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Please read the on the leadership qualities of Joseph that has transformed lives here.

 

Continency is an important weapon against sexual sins. This is rightly so because all christians will have to battle three main enemies. These are the devil, the world, and the flesh. Through the virtue of continence, and by the power of the Holy Spirit, we are able to conquer the lustful cravings of the flesh (as this is one of the most frequently used tool of the devil against christians).

 

Jesus gave us more insight towards the guilt sexual sin when he stated that it can be committed in the heart. Therefore, continence as a gift of the Holy Spirit should also commence from our hearts, and can be channeled to help us control our lustful thoughts.

 

Note: With regards to those who choose not for marry; for instance the priests and nuns, continency often have a part to play; however, chastity plays the greater role since they are to stay unmarried for the rest of their lives. However, for those who have chosen to marry, they must remain faithful to their partner, fulfilling their marital duties to each other.

  • Now for the matters you wrote about: 'It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.' But since sexual immorality is occurring, each man should have sexual relations with his own wife, and each woman with her own husband. The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband - 1 Corinthians 7:1-3.
  • Please read on the biblical account of first human disobedience here.

 

Apart from our carnal passions, we are encouraged to show continency in other areas of our lives. For instance, self-restraint should be practiced with our use of words, especially when we are greatly angered and offended. Similarly, continency also include our willingness to embrace sufferings for Christ's sake, especially when we have the opportunity to sinfully evade it temporarily. In another instance, controlling our urge for excessive eating and drinking is a function of continency.

Please read on our response to sufferings and the beauty of suffering here.

 

Importantly, living a life of continency is a requirement towards attaining our heavenly home. St. Paul made this known in his letter to the Corinthians.

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Amazing facts in CRS

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Salvator Mundi by Leonardo da Vinci is the most expensive painting in the world. It is valued at 450.3 Million Dollars.

This painting depict Jesus Christ with his right hand raised in blessing, and his left hand holding an orb

There are a total of 188 named women in the Bible

Mahershalalhashbaz is the longest word in the Bible

The shortest verse of the Bible is John 11:35. It reads:

Jesus wept

 

The longest verse in the bible is Esther 8:9. It reads:

Then were the king’s scribes called at that time in the third month, that is, the month Sivan, on the three and twentieth day thereof; and it was written according to all that Mordecai commanded unto the Jews, and to the lieutenants, and the deputies and rulers of the provinces which are from India unto Ethiopia, an hundred twenty and seven provinces, unto every province according to the writing thereof, and unto every people after their language, and to the Jews according to their writing, and according to their language

The last word in the Bible is 'Amen'.

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen

Revelation 22:21

The shortest verse in the bible is found in John chapter 11 verse 35. It reads:

Jesus wept

If you translate 'Jesus' from Hebrew directly to English, the correct translation will be 'Joshua'. The name Jesus was actually a translation from Hebrew, to Greek, to Latin and finally, English


Notable points in CRS

The parable of the prodigal son as narrated by Jesus himself is one that shows God's incomprehensible mercy and love. This parable is present in the gospel of Luke 15: 11-32.

Jesus began by saying:

There was once a man who had two sons. The younger one said to him, 'Father, give me my share of the property now'. So the man divided his properties between his two sons.

Luke 15: 11-12

From the above passage, it is quite clear that the younger brother had lost interest in the family's affairs. He must have pondered in his heart the sweetness of complete independence on a life of financial abundance.

To actualize his thoughts, he had the effrontery to go to his father to request for his inheritance even though his father is fully alive and active.

Please read a detailed explanation of the parable of the prodigal son and its moral lessons here

Adam and Eve disobeyed God while in the Garden of Eden. Below are the consequences of Adam and Eve's disobedience:

  • All God's creature became guilty of original sin.

  • Human perfection was lost.

  • God's judgement was pronounced on the snake, woman and man.

  • Chaos and disorderliness came upon earth.

  • Suffering, pain and death was introduced into the world.

  • The first prophesy was made. 

  • Clothing was made.

  • Paradise was temporarily lost.

  • Their disobedience brought about the relevation of Jesus Christ.

  • Please read a detailed explanation on the consequences of Adam and Eve's disobedience here

Wise men from the east came to visit the infant king. Upon their arrival, they saw the child with his mother Mary. They knelt down and worshiped the infant (Jesus).

Notice that the bible recorded that the wise men knelt down and worshipped the infant (Jesus), according to Matthew 2:11.

Only God can be worshiped. Jesus is always God, even as a baby.

It is important to state that Jesus remained God at every point in his physical existence, even when he was in the womb of the virgin; throughout his life on earth, death on the cross and eventual resurrection.

The wise men from the east opened their treasures and presented the infant Jesus with three significant gifts. These are gold, frankincense and myrrh.

  • Gold represents a symbol of Jesus' kingship. Jesus is the King of kings, even at birth and throughout eternity.

  • Frankincense represents a symbol of Jesus' divinity and a sign of worship. Only God can be worshipped; and as such, Jesus is fully God.

  • Myrrh represents a symbol of Jesus' death. Jesus is truly man, and this is why he was able to suffer and die on the cross.

Please read on the early years of Jesus here.

God created human beings for the following reasons:

  1. To know Him

  2. To love Him

  3. To serve Him

  4. To be happy with Him forever

Our first parent, Adam and Eve enjoyed a life of complete happiness before they committed sin. They never knew what pain nor sorrow was until they disobeyed God. In short, both were perfect beings until they committed the sin of disobedience against God.

Disobedience may simple be defined as the failure to obey rules, command or someone in authority.

Adam and Eve were the first human beings to disobey God.

Please read more on the biblical account of first human disobedience here