Galatians 5:22-26 reads, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.”
So, this little series is an exploration into what fruit is my life producing, and what is that saying about my relationship with God. As I mentioned, I’ve been suffering from anxiety recently, and what I want most is peace in this season, stemming from a deep intimacy with God.
In the next 9 posts, we will jump into these fruit, the results of God’s work in our lives, and consider just what they look like and evaluate where they may be found in our day-to-day.
- Love, or affection for others
- Joy, or exuberance about life
- Peace, or serenity
- Patience, or a willingness to stick with things
- Kindness, or a sense of compassion in the heart
- Goodness, or a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people
- Faithfulness, or involvement in loyal commitments
- Gentleness, or not needing to force our way in life
- Self-control, or the ability to marshal and direct our energies wisely
First post coming soon – and they aren’t going to be in this order! So tune in for the first of the nine, and make sure to subscribe at the bottom right corner of this page so you don’t miss a single one!
Thanks for being on the journey with me!
“But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely. Legalism is helpless in bringing this about; it only gets in the way. Among those who belong to Christ, everything connected with getting our own way and mindlessly responding to what everyone else calls necessities is killed off for good—crucified. Since this is the kind of life we have chosen, the life of the Spirit, let us make sure that we do not just hold it as an idea in our heads or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out its implications in every detail of our lives. That means we will not compare ourselves with each other as if one of us were better and another worse. We have far more interesting things to do with our lives. Each of us is an original.” (Galatians 5:22-26, MSG)