“But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control…” Gal 5:22-23
An old pastor once said that “you can tell what kind of Christian someone is when something falls on their toe and their reaction to it.” As comical as it sounds, there is a truth hidden in there. When life’s pressures and temptations squeeze us, what is our reaction to them and what comes out of us?
Man without God is always torn between two urges. His nature prompts him to do wrong, and his conscience urges him to do right. Antagonistic desires and crossed-up emotions keep him in a state of personal instability.
Yet, God’s idea for the world includes having everyone demonstrate the fruit of the Holy Spirit.
“Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.” (Galatians 5:24-25)
Let us live by the Holy Spirit’s power and not in our own strength. Let us follow His leading, not just when we are in public places, but also in the quietness of our homes, in the moments we are alone. Let us nail every sinful pleasure and desire we have to the cross. Let the Holy Spirit completely fill us, remove our sin and birth new life in our hearts and minds that produces the kind of fruit that reflects the very nature of God.
We don’t just want to be known as nice person who didn’t get angry when something dropped on their toe, rather we want to live our lives to show the world that through life’s hardship there is HOPE, through the trials there is PEACE and through temptations there is VICTORY.
The Fruit of the Spirit characterize all who truly Walk in the Spirit. Collectively, all Christians should be producing these fruit in their new lives with Jesus Christ.