Today we are going to be discussing what the fruits of the Spirit are and why they are important. Let’s get into it!
In Galatians 5:22-23 we can find the fruits of the Spirit. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
The fruits of the Spirit are attributes the Holy Spirit leads us towards when we are living in the Spirit. However, there is constant spiritual warfare occurring inside of us. Sinful nature is also working to lead us away from the Holy Spirit, thereby leading us away from the fruits.
When you become a Christian you don’t immediately become patient or self-controlled 100% of the time. But we are given the Holy Spirit to live within us, to make that goal become a much more tangible. Choosing to live by the spirit is a choice you will have to make every day, several times a day in fact!
How can we do this?
We can pray throughout the day.- One of the best ways to keep our minds on the Lord is to talk to him throughout the day instead of just at night, just in the mornings, or just at mealtimes. God is always with you!
Write the fruits down somewhere you will see them often.- This visual reminder can help you to choose patience for example in a situation where you would normally turn to frustration.
Read God’s word!- Throughout the next two weeks we are going to be going into to several verses that relate to the fruits of the Spirit, but there are so many more! Find them!
My challenge for you today is to repeat the fruits of the Spirit several times, try to memorize all nine! Think about each of them, which ones do you excel in? Which still need some work?
“Lord God, thank you for sending the Holy Spirit down to us! Help me Father to grow closer to You over these two weeks, help me to see each of the fruits in a new light. God I ask that you open my eyes and my heart to what you want me to get out of each of them. Show me how you want me to use them for Your glory over these weeks. Amen.”