May 6, 2021 – Galatians 5: 22- 26 – The Fruit of the Spirit

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Today’s reading is from Galatians 5: 22-26:

22 By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, competing against one another, envying one another.

Today we are looking at a passage that so many of us know so well and there are so many different avenues that we can look at regarding this passage. We could take many, many weeks discussing the fruit and what they mean and look like.  

Or, as I’ve heard said, notice is the “fruit” of the spirit, not the “fruits.”  We should see all these different areas displayed within our lives.  

But for me, I think it is so important to look at them in relation to the previous passage, the works of the flesh. As we talked about yesterday, the works of the flesh are things that we do. They are things that we produce via our own efforts. That’s what works are. 

But think about fruit.  Think about an apple. If you want to reap apples, what do you do? You take care of the apple tree. That tree is where the fruit comes. If you want to bear that fruit, you want to tend to the tree more than you want to worry about the fruit. If the tree is in good shape, the fruit will come. 

To me, that’s what the fruit of the spirit is like.  If we tend to tree (i.e. the Holy Spirit) the fruit will come.  This is not about making ourselves more loving, more patient, more kind. Those are noble goals, but not the point. The point is to allow the Spirit to have room in our lives to work. If we tend to the Sprit, these fruit will be produced. 

Today, give Spirit room in your life to work. Give the Spirit space.  If you do, if you truly allow the Spirit to search you and try you, you will find these things being grown in your life. 

That is the way that the Spirit works.  

Monday we’ll look at Galatians 6: 1-10.  

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