"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law."
Galatians 5: 22-23
I've been thinking about a series that I could write that would be easy to follow, even if it isn't always easy to live out. But good news, God is the Master Creator who is molding us into His image. So...by Him, His fruit is being developed in us.
Whew! If it were all up to me, I would be in trouble! Anyway, I digress. Before we start looking at each attribute of the fruit, let's take a look at these two verses as a whole.
First, the word fruit used in this passage is SINGULAR. Bear with me here. I know that fruit technically does not have a plural unless you are talking about different kinds of fruit. With that being said, the passage says "fruit" but then lists several different words.
I'm no scholar, but my thoughts on the matter are that as we mature in the Spirit, we produce His fruit. To become like Christ, we grow in an intimate relationship with Him and begin to take on His characteristics. The "fruit" of the Spirit is exemplified in the outward characteristics of:
Image all those things wrapped up in ONE package and you get the "fruit of the Spirit". Isn't that just the perfect combination? It sure is! As believers, the Spirit lives in us. (That's a whole other topic of discussion!)
With the Spirit living in us, it's only natural that as we mature in the faith, His fruit becomes more and more evident in our lives. I can certainly attest to some significant changes in my life - as can the people close to me!
If you know me, you know that I can be a little rough around the edges, well, maybe more than that at times. But as a young person, and even as a young believer, I could be pretty painful around the edges. But God (my favorite phrase in scripture) is changing me! Every day, every week and every year I see changes that the Lord is making in my life.
Some changes are subtle. Such that you may not notice them, but I do. It is quite exciting to see God working in your own life! Oftentimes, we can easily see something in someone else's life, but find it hard to see something in our own life.
Take a glimpse back to the time of your salvation. Think of all the things you have learned in your faith journey. Are you the same? I bet not!
This week think about your life and how God is changing you. Leave a comment below if you'd like. I'd love to hear from you!