If ye then with Christ be risen,
Seek those things which are above;
Putting off all wrath and malice,
Walk with Him in perfect love.
Lay aside all strife and envy,
Hatred, foolishness, and pride;
None who cling to aught that’s sinful
In His kingdom shall abide.
If we’re in the Spirit living,
Let us also walk therein,
Free from guilt and condemnation–
From the servitude of sin–
Bearing holy fruits of meekness,
Temperance and love and peace,
Faith and gentleness possessing,
Daily our joy shall increase.
Can there issue from one fountain
Both the bitter and the sweet?
Do we gather figs of thistles,
Sow the tares, expecting wheat?
So a good tree yields by nature
Perfect fruit, and that alone;
Trees corrupt are bearing evil–
By their fruits they shall be known.
Once of sin we were servants,
Held beneath its tyrant sway,
Free from righteousness–unholy–
But we’ve found a better way.
By the word of God obeying,
We are free from sinful strife;
Fruits of holiness we’re yielding,
And the end eternal life.
We are dwelling in the Spirit,
Our Father’s blest design;
Through His grace we’re made partakers
Of His nature, pure, divine.
By His faith alone I’m living,
For with Christ to sin I died;
I will bear abundant fruitage,
That His name be glorified.
– Clara Brooks –