Living What You Believe
Does It Show That You Live What You Believe?
Galations 5:22-23 is the passage where Paul discusses the fruit that we should bear as Christians.
" But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, (23) Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law." KJV
The Complete Jewish Bible states it this way: " But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, (23) humility, self control. Nothing in the Torah stands against such things. CJB
Find a Place of Peace
In order to have this fruit evident in your life, it is important to find a place of peace in order to commune with the Lord. Finding a quiet place to pray, meditate, and read the Scripture is crucial to having the Fruit of the Spirit evident in your life.
Our world is too fast paced. We are all too busy. Don't forget to make time for communion with the Holy One who created you. He enjoys your presence.
Walking Your Talk
Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control are all one fruit, not nine different fruits.The word for fruit in this passage is the Greek word "Karpos," and it is singular- not plural.
This is important because these nine singular graces equal ONE fruit. Whose fruit is it? Yours? Not exactly. It is the Fruit of the Spirit of God. This is God's fruit which works in you when you accept Christ as your Savior. The Fruit of the Spirit of God which is in you produces these good graces- not you by yourself.
All of these nine graces are yours to draw upon because the Spirit of God lives within you when you accept Christ.
Some aspects of the Fruit of the Spirit may come easier for you, while others are hard. Patience is difficult for me. That is an area where I have to pray, and actively practice. Fruit can be small at first, but then grow!
Notice that love is listed first. Without love, none of the others could be present. Having this fruit noticeable in your life is evidence that you have communion with God the Father and have been filled with His Holy Spirit.
If we claim to love the Lord and serve Him, then this fruit should show up when we are in traffic, when someone slams us, or when we are attacked by Satan.
Quoting Max Lucado
Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-Control. To these I commit my day. If I succeed, I will give thanks. If I fail, I will seek His grace. And then when this day is done I will place my head on my pillow and rest.”
― Max Lucado
I am Laura Tallo, and I am a wife, mother, artist, and photographer. I have been a Christian for many years. I won't tell you how long because I don't want to know how old I really am!
I was partially raised by my French grandmother who was a missionary to the French speaking people of Louisiana. My grandfather was a Baptist minister. I lived with them on and off for the first six years of my life.
It is their influence that taught me that I could have a personal relationship with Christ, and that He was my friend and Savior. I learned from them that God answers prayers, and that He is faithful.
Because of them, I never had an image of Him as a mean, old man with a ruler waiting to smack me because I had sinned, as some people do.
I saw the fruit of the Spirit evident in their lives when they gave food from their garden to the poor who lived down the road. I saw it when they visited the sick. I received their patience when I was little and wet their bed. I still remember Grandpa biting his tongue over that one!
I am thankful for my grandparents prayers, teachings, and the time that they invested in my life. I am by no means perfect, but I do have enough evidence against me to prove that I follow Christ. That is due to their love, prayers, and teaching!
Love, And the Rest Will Follow
If all nine graces are one fruit, then they are already yours in the Spirit of God because the Holy Spirit lives in you - if you are a Christian, that is. You see, if you are loving, then will you not have joy? If you are loving, will you not also have peace? If you are loving, will you not also be patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle, and self-controlled? You have all that you need, but you need to develop them through prayer and time with the Lord.
Why Is The Fruit of The Spirit Important?
The evidence of this fruit is important in order to be a good example of Christ to unbelievers. How will they ever come to the Lord unless we live what we say that we believe?
It is also important for you as a Christian to be able to walk closely with Christ. If you are reading the Scripture, spending time in prayer, and meditating on His word, then you are feeding your soul. This is an investment which will yield forth a good return. This fruit will naturally flow out of you because you have invested time with the Lord.
Quiet Time With The Lord
For the Fruit of the Spirit to be evident, you must have quality quiet time with the Lord every day. Spend time with Him reading your Bible, praying, and meditating on His word.
Also, take time to quietly listen to what the Spirit has to say to you. Journal about your quiet time.
Know that you are loved. It is God's will for you to grow in your walk with Him. Trust Him to help you develop on your spiritual journey.
© 2017 Laura Tallo