It’s been quite awhile since I’ve posted anything. I want to apologize to you all for my absence. I haven’t a real excuse, just lack of motivation. I pray that I’m able to, with God’s strength, return to a more consistent schedule.
The following post is the first in a series that will talk about “the Fruit of the Spirit”. If you’re not signed up for my email list and want notification when new posts are live, there is a sign-up form on the side of every page.
What is meant by “Fruit of the Spirit”?
Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
The “Fruit of the Spirit” are the nine attributes of a true Christian’s life. These attributes, found in Galatians 5:22:23 are: love, joy, peace, patience (forbearance), kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. By applying these qualities in our lives, we are able to walk in the Holy Spirit and mature in faith. The Fruits become a part of our own personality; not through willpower or human strength, but by the incredible workings of the Holy Spirit. It is only through the Holy Spirit that we can live out these qualities on a daily basis.
In order to possess all nine fruits, we must first die to self, surrendering our fleshly personalities to the work of the Holy Spirit. Thus allowing Christ to dwell in us, and become a reflection of Himself to the rest of the world. Only after we completely hand over ourselves can these qualities flow through our lives and into others around us. This takes a fully humbled and surrendered heart to the Holy Spirit. Also an awareness of an intense need for the Spirit’s power to work in our life. Then the “Fruit of the Spirit” will be seen by the world for what it is – a living proof of God’s nature and his people.