FRUIT PRODUCED BY THE SPIRIT

Gal.5:22,23 – TPT –

But the fruit produced by the Holy Spirit within you is divine love in all its varied expressions:

joy that overflows,

peace that subdues,

patience that endures,

kindness in action,

a life full of virtue,

faith that prevails,

gentleness of heart, and

strength of spirit.

It seems that Paul was describing the love of God in our hearts, we often call this the fruit of the Spirit. Obviously, the fruit of the Spirit is not a picture of a better version of you. It is better described as a dead you. You are dead and all that remains is Christ. His life is described in these words of Paul in Galatians 5. His life is pictured as the love of God in various expressions. His love is like joy that overflows. Tasting His love for us in our fallen condition is breathtaking. We are so shocked that we are literally overcome with joy. How could it be that someone like Him could love someone like me? But He does! His love produces peace that subdues. Our years of fussing and fretting over all our worries is finally done. We are literally overcome and subdued by His love. His love in us produces a patience that perseveres in all circumstances. Because of His love we will never give up, we will endure until the victory comes. Because He loves us we have to love others. What else can He do? His amazing kindness spurs us on to action. As He has done for us we are empowered and challenged by His kindness to do for others. The nature of the Lord, the essence of Who He is His goodness. His life is virtue itself. His life in us begins to pour out His goodness everywhere we go. His virtue captured us and then began to flow through us. His love for us awakens our faith. If He is for me who could be against me. As my faith soars, inspired by His love, I could never give up until I see the His purposes fulfilled in my world. The meekness of Christ is quite stunning. Think about it, the maker of all things encased in a baby’s body. His love for the “least of these” reveals the heart of the life and ministry of Jesus. His gentleness produces humility in us. Finally we are moved by His strength of Spirit. Nothing could get Him off course. He had a vision for the cross. He knew He must die if we were to live. So stir up the gift of God. Wait in His presence. As you do you will see the love of God manifest within your life, God glorified through you by the display of His fruit in our lives.

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