Whether you are a relative newbie to your faith journey or you have been around the church all your life, you have no doubt heard the whole notion of the fruit of the Spirit. The most common association is Galatians 5:22-23, which reads
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. Against these things there is no law.
This is not an uncommon or relatively unheard verse. Out of all the Bible’s wisdom, it is something we are accustomed to hearing. Sometimes when we hear these verses over and over again, they become second nature to recite and we fail to stop and consider them at a deeper level. It’s more like, “the fruit of the Spirit. Yeah, I know that one. I have heard it before.”
But knowing and hearing are not how faith is lived out – hence that word – it’s about living. What does it mean to live every day, including the fruit of the Spirit in your every interaction, thought and deed?
For example, how many of us find ourselves living out patience while sitting in traffic? Are we sure to keep our teasing and playful banter with friends infused with gentleness? Do we trust God’s provision deeply enough to be at peace with our finances on a day-to-day basis? Are we practicing self control and discipline in our dietary aims?
I know sometimes it can feel easier said than done. But I challenge you this week to keep these nine traits of the fruit of the Spirit in mind as you go about all that you encounter. Do not allow this verse to be just another commonly heard quote. Let the fruit of the Spirt direct your conversations with those around you, with God and with yourself.