For most of us, our only experience with fruit is going to the grocery store and buying it. We eat it because it tastes good and is good for us.
Cherries are my favorite and are said to help us sleep better. We have lots of different fruits from which to choose, but they are produced in a comparable manner. The fruit comes from a plant that needs the sun, nutrients, and rain to produce the fruit.
Our lives are like a plant that bears the fruit. Fruit is not something we can produce on our own. Just like the plant needs the sun, the rain, and nutrients, we need God.
Our fruit is the external result of an internal relationship. Our fruit is the fruit of the Spirit.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”-Galatians 5:22-23
Love is an unconditional love, whose goal is in service to God and neighbor.
Joy is confidence in God and God’s love for us. It comes from remaining in God’s presence and being surrounded by God’s love. It is an essential factor in community relations.
Peace is founded in our reconciliation with God and its state of rest and contentment. It goes beyond our relationship with God to include peace with others and self.
Forbearance is hanging in there with hard to love people. It is reflecting the longsuffering God has with us.
Kindness is not niceness. Kindness is an action coupled with compassion, a gracious attitude toward others.
Goodness is the extreme opposite of evil. It is a moral excellence as well as a reflection of God’s essential goodness.
Faithfulness is love that never fails. We are dependable, loyal, committed trustworthy in our relationships with God, others, and Creation.
Gentleness is not being timid. It is not weakness. It enables the Christian to correct an erring sister or brother without arrogance, impatience, or anger.
Self-Control refrains from all things which might offend or hamper another.
You’re probably thinking like I am – how can we do this? It is impossible.
Remember it is the fruit of the Spirit. It is the external result of an internal relationship. It begins with a relationship with God, who makes it possible.
May our lives bear the fruit of the Spirit.