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. (Galatians 5:22-23)
As we walk with the Lord, there are seasons where we feel strong and connected to our faith. In others, we feel complacent and stagnant. Our ups and downs are simply due to the fact that we are human. But despite none of us being perfect, God chooses and desires to work within us to bear fruit.
Apostle Paul writes in Galatians that the fruits of the Sprit include “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” Then, it follows that the more one is filled with the Spirit, the ever increasing these qualities would be within their lives.
We now examine ourselves – How willing have I been to love my neighbor? How often have I chosen to have joy instead of anger in frustrating situations? How patient have I been with others, and how faithful have I been to God?
Regardless of the answers to those questions, we are reminded that our own efforts cannot produce true fruit in our lives. Genuine fruit comes from the Spirit that works within our hearts. As we seek God and allow His Word to change us, we can experience Spirit-led growth in both our internal and external selves.
Today, let’s ask God to continue working in us so that we may bear good fruit for His glory!