DAY EIGHTEEN: THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Next time you browse the produce section at your local grocery store, notice no one chooses terrible fruit. No one wants a spoiled brown and black banana over a beautiful fresh yellow one. No one picks up a soft, spoiled apple or a rotten pear. People prefer the good fruit. In fact, they’re drawn to it. Jesus described this good fruit as good living, and in our verse today, the Apostle Paul is using the same analogy to tell a young church in Galatia: People prefer good fruit. When it comes to the spiritual fruit Paul is talking about, we can’t grow or produce it on our own. We need help. We need the power of the Holy Spirit working in our hearts for our daily lives to be living reflections of good fruit and Godly living. Let's take a moment today, look at Paul’s example, and ask ourselves: What kind of fruit does my life reflect?
Gracious Heavenly Father, please forgive us for the times when our lives reflect something other than the fruit of the spirit. Help us cultivate a picture of you for others to see in our words, and our actions. Today, let everything we do glorify you in the mighty name of Jesus, Amen.