Galations 5:22-23 (NIV) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
“You can tell a tree by its fruit,” that’s what my Da used to say when we were looking at fruit trees and he was trying to teach me about gardening at a young age. And he was so right, you can most definitely tell a tree by its fruit, and not just fruit trees. You know what it’s like to be around someone who makes everyone feel so good, so at peace, so loved, so accepted, and they do this just by being near you. That is fruits of the Spirit on display. This is how people know Whose you are, you don’t need to tell them, “I’m a Christian”, “I believe in Christ”, “I’m a good person”, they just know your different by the fruit you have on display…without speaking a single word…people know. They know it by your fruit, not your gifts.
Fruit is a word that is used many times in the bible, 34 times that I have found, and each time it is mentioned it is referring to “bearing fruit” (if you’re interested in the scriptures I’ll place them at the bottom of this post). I am not going to write a great big devotional here, I could, I’ve been studying this for a while, but in the interest of keeping it brief and uplifting I’m going to keep it short and to the point.
So fruit…why fruit? Fruit is made up of more than just one substance, it has pulp, juice, skin, seeds, a core, segments, and it is attached to a tree by a stem where it draws its nutrients from. John 15:5 NIV I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in mean I in him, he will bear much fruit. (And I’m going to leave that right there or I’ll end up preaching and going on for ever). Fruit gives life, it gives sustenance and is food for our flesh, and re-seeds in our soul and Spirit.
If you have given your life to Jesus, if you have accepted Him into your heart, then the fruit of the Spirit (capital S meaning Holy Spirit) has been planted inside of you (note in Galations 5:22 (AMP) But the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence accomplishes]….emphasis mine). We may not be naturally patient, or loving, but through the Holy Spirit we can produce that ‘fruit’. I would suggest nurturing each fruit blossom one at a time until you feel like that fruit is in full bloom, but remember, you need to keep nurturing the fruit once it is in bloom or it will die. If we are dealing with an unhealthy behaviour, like an addiction, the Holy Spirit can give us the ability to resist the flesh and make healthier choices and break those addictions…I know… I have broken addictions that were destroying me, inside and out.
Over the next 9 weeks I will post ways to grow and nurture each Spiritual fruit, in easy to understand format. Even if you are not a Christian, my hope is that each fruit seed will be planted in you and you will be encouraged to allow it to grow. If you missed the introduction to this series you can find it here.
I am led by the Spirit if God, I am growing good fruit in my spirit and in my life. I walk in love, I am full of joy. Peace rule my heart, I am patient, I am kind. Goodness guides my thoughts, I am gentle. I have control over my actions. I live by faith in God. I have a Spirit controlled life.
Be Blessed xx
Yours in Health and Happiness
John 15:15-16 “I have called you friends, for everything that I have learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit – fruit that will last.”
Matthew 3:8 “Therefore bear fruit in keeping with repentance”