This word carries the idea of “a strong man who is gentle and humble”. It has been illustrated as an animal such as a wild horse that has been tamed to work or ride. The animal still had the same strength, but that strength was now under control.
Moses was meek (Nu. 12:3). Jesus is meek (Mt. 11:28-30). Bob Winton writes that meekness “…describes one who has been going his own way, but who has become submissive to God, and now happily goes the way God directs. (Outlined Commentary on Galatians) As New Testament Christians we must be meek.
The one who practices temperance must be in control of self. We must maintain control over our passions, thoughts, appetites, motives, words, actions, etc. (Rom. 6:12 f). This term means literally to hold oneself in. It is essential that we control self so that we can practice the other great qualities of the Christian life. Paul wrote in 1 Cor. 9:27, “But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.”
“Against such there is no law”.
There is no law against these wonderful qualities. The law of God requires that we keep them in order that we may live as He commands us to live. Let us ever be mindful to bear the fruit of the Spirit as we live for Christ.
This describes one who loyal, trustworthy, dependable and reliable. God requires us to be faithful (1 Cor. 4:2). We must be faithful in worship but this also includes being pure in heart and life; being faithflul in our daily living. The only way we can be faithful is to obey the Will of God; all of His will (Mt. 7:21-27; 2 Tim. 4:6-8; Rev. 2:10). Jesus says in Mt. 7:21-23,
“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
Let each of us strive to be faithful in all things so that we may hear our Lord say, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant (Mt. 25:21,23).
The American Standard Version has “kindness”. Gentleness or kindness is an active quality. It describes a person with a good and gentle heart. It is never mean, rude or harsh but is always considerate of others. Gentleness or kindness returns blessing for cursing and good for evil (Rom. 12:17-21). While we must strongly defend the Truth, we do so with kindness. Again, the best example of kindness is found in Christ Jesus. He exposed error and wickedness but always did so with kindness. “And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you” (Eph. 4:32).
Goodness is the opposite of being bad, evil and being filled with sinful conduct. This quality refers to moral excellence; to actively doing good for others. In order to say something is good or bad there must be a standard. The standard of goodness is God’s Word (2 Tim. 3:16-17; Jn. 14:15). Goodness would include benevolent works. Robert R. Taylor states, “It is a misuse of this tremendous term to use it relative to one’s having ‘a good time’ and yet that ‘good time’ be filled with drinking, immorality, drugs, profanity, etc” (Emphasis his; from his book on Galatians). “Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works” (Titus 2:14).