22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23 NET2)
ARE YOU BEARING OR BARREN?
As believers we often want to know if we are on the right path. There are so many paths in this world that it is easy to get distracted by things that don't matter.
Well, God has given us a few tools to make sure that we know that we are going in the right direction.
A few of those things are the fruit of the Spirit. We are instructed to walk by the Spirit and not according to the flesh so we don't conform to this world (Galatians 5:25). This Holy Spirit has left us some clues to see if we really are receiving and walking according to His power or our own.
Do you have a loving spirit? Love forgives, covers, protects, and is not jealous or envious.
Do you have joy? Regardless of the situation that you are in can you look to God full of hope because of what He has done?
Do you have peace and patience? Are you the one that can walk through the storm and chaos and be unmoved patiently waiting for the Lord to bring you to your destination?
Do you display kindness and goodness? Can you bless those who are less fortunate, the rejected, the despised or be good to those who hate you?
Are you faithful? When God asks you to do something or not do something can you consider it done? When you give your word to people do you follow through?
Do you have a gentle heart and self-control? Can you get the truth across without it being harsh? How do you handle your parents, brothers, and sisters? Can you can you control your emotions, attitudes, habits, and ways?
These things are all land marks of the operation of the Spirit. The fruit of the Spirit is something that we produces with the Spirit's help.Through faith we ask Him to help develop these things in us so that we can go from dead barren trees to trees that are bearing much fruit!
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