fruit of the spirit….

“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 (NIV)

Aren’t those qualities beautiful?  Read them again and let them soak in.  These qualities are the ones that the Holy Spirit wants to produce in our lives.

By our own efforts, these “fruit” could never be produced in us as they were found in Jesus.  BUT, through the Holy Spirit living in us, Jesus’ own perfect character can be seen in us!!

“Every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.” Matthew 7:19.

Jesus told His disciples that you can tell if someone truly belongs to Him by the kind of spiritual fruit that they produce.  Why?  Because when you gave your life to Jesus, your salvation wasn’t free….it was bought by a VERY HIGH price!!  The death of Christ!!

Now, you might ask yourself why God thinks that you are worthy of that sacrifice.  Doesn’t it seem that despite all your attempts at perfection…you constantly miss the mark?  Well, our Heavenly Father has a very special kind of love for us and he longs for us to be in His presence.

John Stott said, “The mere recital of these christian graces should be enough to make the mouth water and the heart beat faster.  For this is a portrait of Jesus Christ.” Wow….I’ll let that settle in for a minute.

Living by faith in the Son of God is what the fruit of the spirit is all about.  Each day I want to take a piece of fruit and we can … eat it together.  (oh, I just patted myself on the back for that one!)  🙂

Tomorrow we can take a bite out of LOVE…..

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