The Fruit Of The Spirit
“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!” — Galatians 5:22-23
When we exhibit the Fruit of the Spirit, our lives are a manifestation of the transformation they have undergone by the power of God. As believers, our purpose is to bear good fruit. The same Greek word for fruit “karpos” in Galatians 5 and John 15, derives from the meaning “to produce or to be a result of something.” So when we produce good fruit in our lives, it reflects the depth of our spiritual maturity. Spiritual maturity involves fighting a daily spiritual battle that consists of denying your flesh and choosing to walk in the Spirit.
“When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarrelling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.” — Galatians 5:19-21
When we live in sin, we provide an unhealthy environment for the wretched disease of sin to manifest itself. When we allow sin to hinder the growth of the Fruit that God desires to cultivate within us, we cannot produce in life. The truth is if you ain’t pruned in life, you simply won’t produce in life.
In the same way that the branches of a grapevine have to be connected to the vine in order to bear fruit, the Fruit of the Spirit is an indication of our relationship with Christ. Fruit simply cannot grow without being connected to the vine. Therefore, only those who are nourished by Christ will bear fruit in abundance.
“I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.” — John 15:1-5
Necrosis is the biological term for induced cell death around the area of infection. When necrosis is meditated in plants, it cuts off the pathogen’s access to water and nutrients. As a result, it causes the diseased portions of the plant to darken, wilt and eventually fall off.
In the same way, when the disease of sin spreads in our lives it separates us from God. As a result, we thirst because we have no one to sustain us and we hunger because no one satisfies us. Spiritual death is induced when we are literally cut off from our source of life - God.
You see, we have the ability to hinder spiritual growth and extinguish the works of the Spirit within us. When you choose to satisfy the flesh over the Spirit, we hinder ourselves from providing a healthy environment for that seed to grow. Therefore, when the seed fails to take root within our hearts, God cannot cultivate it because we are yet to fully receive it.
In the Garden of Eden, Eve tasted the first fruits that God created and for a season of life, she felt no shame because she knew that she was in total communion with God. Yet, when Eve took a bite out of deception, she was separated from God and paradise. You see, when you have a good connection with God and then you see something you perceive to be better, you disconnect with God. But when you connect with worldly things, you don’t realise what’s been stolen from you. Perhaps it’s peace or joy or maybe it’s confidence. For when you have everything and you move away from the source of everything, you can only lose everything.
“Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” — Galatians 6:8-9
Whatever little you have, offer to God all your first fruits and allow Him to bless whatever little you have and make it abundant. Don’t feel discouraged when your life doesn’t seem to bear fruit, rather come as you are and use the opportunity to yield yourself to the Spirit.
Notice how when we refer to the Fruit of the Spirit, it’s the Fruit (singular) not the Fruits of the Spirit. For the Fruit of the Spirit is like an orange with nine different segments: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. It’s impossible to bear patience without love and self-control, so even if we may have mastered one of the segments, we have the opportunity to master them all.
Many times we pray for patience or self-control, but when God answers our prayers and sends us tough situations we miss the opportunity to yield to the Spirit and bear fruit. Yet, the truth is God provides us with opportunities to cultivate fruit, the question is are we spiritually awake?
Maybe God is using the little inconveniences in your life for a greater purpose, to bear more fruit in greater abundances. If you want to know if you are spiritually thriving look at the fruit you produce in life and ask yourself do they gratify the flesh or the Spirit?
As we journey into a new month, I can’t wait to reveal our mini ‘Fruit of the Spirit' Bible Plan for February!! Each day, I encourage you to meditate on the daily verse provided and become more spiritually awake, allowing the Spirit to truly become present in your lives. The plan gives you an opportunity to actively pursue fruit in your life, to seek to bear love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Either hold down to save the plan to your camera roll or screenshot it and share it with your other brothers and sisters in Christ to encourage them to yield to the Spirit of God...