“Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. …He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither” (Psalm 1:1-3).
Start with a loaf of joy.
Add a dash of kindness.
Season with a pinch of salt
to live as, the salt of the earth.
Sprinkle liberally with Jesus’ love.
Add a handful of forgiveness.
Cover with peace, and always
serve on a bed of faith,
nestled in a platter of salvation.
The fruit of the Spirit is the quality and conduct the Holy Spirit produces in our lives as believers. This fruit is a testimony, a powerful message we give when we’re facing temptation or under tremendous pressure during adversity.
By showing patience rather than speaking harshly to someone; having peace instead of anxiety; being gentle and kind, we bear witness to the character of Christ and the gospel. Becoming more like Him, we attract unbelievers as we mirror His attitude and actions. People may reject our doctrine, but a righteous and holy life speaks volumes they cannot ignore.
As we submit to the Holy Spirit’s work in us, He will produce a great harvest of spiritual fruit. Jesus said, “This is to My Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be My disciples” (John 15:8).
Unbelievers can have some qualities that resemble the fruit of the Spirit. For example, a person can appear to have a gentle temperament yet not have the gentleness produced by the Holy Spirit. To determine between authentic spiritual fruit or virtues that result from training or temperament, we may need to consider other qualities linked together in their lives. We can be discerning “fruit inspectors” without being judgmental (Matthew 7:17-20).
From the ROOT of our relationship with Jesus Christ comes the FRUIT—“love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23).
The Master is seeking a harvest
In lives He’s redeemed by His blood;
He seeks for the fruit of the Spirit
And works that will glorify God. –Lehman