(Read: Galatians 5:16-26)
We tend to think two crazy truths about the fruit of the Spirit: First we think that the fruit of the Spirit is all about being nice, nice, nice all the time. Visions of ” Church Lady ” come into our thinking. (I wonder why, since she was not really all that nice.) The fruit of the Spirit is not about being nice. It’s about being like Jesus.
Jesus was always filled with the fruit of the Spirit. But He wasn’t always nice. When He told the Pharisees to stop making faith harder than God makes it, that wasn’t nice. Or when He told the woman caught in adultery to stop sinning that wasn’t nice. Or when He drove the money changers out of the temple that wasn’t nice. Jesus wasn’t always nice. But He was always filled with the Spirit.
Second, we think that it is all up to us to grow the fruit of the Spirit. We think that if we try hard enough, we’ll evidence these qualities. This will never happen! No matter how much we strain and stretch, we cannot grow such attributes in our lives. The fruit of the Spirit is just that: God’s character reproduced by His power in our lives. These traits are up to Him to grow, not us. The fruit of the Spirit represent the qualities we possess when we look like God.
” The Fruit of the Spirit is Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-Control. ” Galatians 5:22-23
Prayer: Dear plant-growing Heavenly Father, please cultivate in us your character qualities. We yield to You to reproduce in us the traits that come from Your nature. Let these characteristics be evidence to this world of Your love so that those who are truly hungry will find a relationship with You. Amen!! Amen!!
– Teaching Reaching-
Teach me God, so I may teach Your Holy master plan! Help me, God, so I may reach everyone I can! Show me, God, how I may find the words that most inspire- Words of goodness words of grace that lift the Spirit higher! -Alice Joyce Davidson-
” For God giveth to a man that is good in His sight wisdom, and knowledge, and happiness, but to the sinner He gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. ” Ecclesiastes 2:26 (Read Proverbs 28:8)