Yesterday we looked at the fruit of the Spirit. How many of you can name them all? Come on, give it a try without peeking at the list or yesterday’s message. Did you know that you are exercising some of them already? One can hope.
Let’s pick up where we left off. I want to revisit the fruit of the Spirit. Fruit is good, and it’s healthy for you!
Galatians 5:22, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 5:23 gentleness, and self-control. Against such things, there is no law.”
Let’s dig in.
What does Paul mean here? Where does the fruit of the Spirit come from? Surely, they didn’t come off your grandma’s orange tree. My footnote says this, “The fruit of the Spirit is the spontaneous work of the Holy Spirit in us.”
Oh, I get it! The Holy Spirit has to dwell inside of me for me to have the fruit of the Spirit. In other words, if the color red is what I want to paint my walls, I must add the red dye to the white paint and blend it together to get the red color I want. You notice they don’t sell the various colors already mixed. You have to blend the two. I need the Holy Spirit dwelling in me to produce the fruit I’m looking for – peace, joy, love, patience, etc., etc.
My footnote goes onto say,” they are the byproducts of Christ’s control – we can’t obtain them by trying to get them without his help.”
Look, folks, you cant go to your local fruit market and buy these. If you want the fruit of the Spirit, you must join your life with Christ. Take a look at John 15:4-5, which is the whole premise of what my devotionals have been based on – bearing fruit. I’ll share the verse with you now.
John:15:4, “Remain in me, and I will remain in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it remains in the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me. 15:5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in me – and I in him – bears much fruit because apart from me, you can accomplish nothing.”
The question for you today is- Which of the fruit do you want the Spirit to produce in you? Hopefully, your answer is all of them.
Lord, thank you for taking something so simple and using it to teach us such valuable lessons about how to live like Jesus. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
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The Teaching Lady