But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulnes, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. -Galatians 5:22-23, NIV
God doesn’t just want us to read His Word then walk away and forget about it. He wants us to remain in Him 24/7. When we are filled with Christ we start to exemplify FRUITS of His Spirit living in us.
It’s Easy On Sunday
I find in my own life it’s easy to feel swept up by the Spirit and encouraged to live out the Word on Sunday, when I’m at church, surrounded by other believers with the same goal.
But what happens when the Monday morning grind comes? It’s back to school, work, sports, chores, etc… and the Sunday morning fever is forgotten.
All of the sudden, living out the fruits of the Spirit like patience, and gentleness can be as hard as buttoning up your favorite skinny jeans after a big meal!
Showing others kindness comes naturally if it is someone I like; who is regularly building me up. But I find it can be very difficult at other times.
Think about that one co-worker or neighbor who always knows how to get you fired up. Showing kindness to certain people during the week can feel like breaking in new high-heeled shoes. Somewhat painful!
And what about practicing humility? Is it easy to take the back seat and give others others the spotlight and credit they deserve? Or is it like trying to figure out how to wear the fanny pack trend… across the chest, or around the waist?
The scripture says these virtues are “fruits of the spirit” which means they grow and develop as a result of God’s Spirit working inside of us.
Just Choose One
The good news is, you don’t have to be everything all at once! Start by choosing one virtue you would like to see cultivated in your life like patience. Tell God your desire through prayer and ask Him to show you what it looks like. I guarantee He will give you opportunities to try it on.
Praying the Word:
Lord, I pray that You would help me to learn more about Your virtues: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Teach me what is means to live out the fruit of the Spirit in my daily life. Fill me with Your power that I will be able to live out the fruits in my daily life.