Galatians 5:22-23 tells us, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”
When I accepted Christ as my savior, I received the Holy Spirit to be in me, in my heart to change my life, to prompt me when my thoughts, words, and actions are not achieving “God’s Will”. Receiving Jesus Christ as our savior not only allows us to be forgiven for our sins, his resurrection allowed us to receive the Fruits of the Holy Spirit. The Fruit of the Holy Spirit may be the most challenging life skill a Christian has to practice every day and moment of their lives.
Jesus Christ was sin free, the fruits he gives to us are meant to guide us in achieving God’s Will, to allow the Holy Spirit free rein in our lives. While we are sinful by nature, Christ has given us these fruits so that we may gain our strength in becoming spiritually connected and productive. This is the challenge, each and every day of our lives we must make this connection and “walk in the Spirit and not fulfill the lusts of the flesh” (Galatians 5:16). Think about it, while we can know each and every verse of the Holy Bible, become experts in Christianity our hearts and the fruits it bears remain empty even when we go through the motions of serving God. One must not live in pretense or by appearances, for our hearts will remain self-centered, angry, and joyless. So how do we achieve producing good fruit? Jesus said, “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:4–5).
So I challenge myself each day of my life to let the Holy Spirit into my heart and that I may bear good fruit. Love, Joy, Peace, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control, may we all bear these fruits to one another.
COLORADO CHRISTIAN †