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Let's look at the fruit of the Spirit. Paul, in Galatians, lists 9 characteristics of a believer in whom the Holy Spirit is at work.

These characteristics, like fruit on a healthy tree, are produced by the Holy Spirit. We tend to brush over the third person of the Trinity, yet the Spirit is in ways our most intimate and amazing relationship, because the Spirit - God in this form - dwells within each believer.

We have to ask ourselves the obvious question: have we unconditionally accepted the Holy Spirit (and by extension, God and Christ) into our lives? Have we made our bodies and mind and soul a welcoming place for the Spirit? Have we provided fertile ground for the fruit the Spirit can produce, or have we let that ground become choked with weeds, packed too hard, or too shallow?

Do people see the Holy Spirit within us, by the fruit we bear?

Or do they see abandoned ground, a dying tree, and withering fruit?

Do they see a shining cottage, gleaming in the sunlight, abounding with fragrant flowers and a bountiful garden?

Or do they see a house, perhaps once the pride of its block or street, but now in disrepair, overgrown with weeds, windows broken, exposed to the elements and rotting away?

" . . . by their fruit you will recognize them."
- Jesus, Matthew 7:20

Are our fruits good . . . or bad?

". . . the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control."
- Paul, Galatians 5:22

"Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit."
- Paul, Galatians 5:25

In the next series of devotionals, we will discuss each fruit of the Spirit, in reverse order.

Let this be a time of reflection for each of us, to look deeply within ourselves. Do we see a shining cottage and fertile soil and fruitful garden, or a dilapidated house and barren soil and abandoned garden?

If the pictures each of us sees are not pretty, then let us begin to repair our houses, replenish the soil, and plant a new garden.

Let each of us re-commit to the Holy Spirit so that the Spirit can produce amazing spiritual fruit to nourish us and others in our journeys toward Christ.





Copyright 2020 James Wallace

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