Thursday, May 20, 2010

Fruit Of The Spirit

As the fruit trees in our backyard continue to produce beautiful fruit, I’ve been thinking about the Fruit of the Spirit and a Sunday School lesson I once heard. When talking about the Fruit of the Spirit, many people call them the “Fruits of the Spirit.” Perhaps this is because there are multiple virtues: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self Control. We often select one virtue and try to work on it in our life. My favorite one to focus on is self control!! But really, these virtues are not separate attributes that we can select and try to achieve in our life. They are a collective result of God’s Spirit in our life. The Fruit of God’s Spirit means the evidence of God’s Spirit – the result. If we want these virtues to be evident in us, then we don’t need to single them out and try to master each one, we simply need to be filled with God’s Spirit and then all of the Fruit of His Spirit will be demonstrated in us.

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