“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness!”
As I am studying what it means to be filled with the Holy Spirit, I am beginning to realize the more I learn the more there is to learn, wow, the wisdom of God is truly inexhaustible, how can we ever attain it? We cannot, but with the thirst God places in our hearts we will seek to know more.
To understand the fruit and its origin we need to know where it comes from. First, we know what they are! Now, the origin of course is Jesus, right! In this simple heart of mine this is how I understand it! The fruit of the Spirit is in essence the divine expression of the Character of Jesus. They are to me the most beautiful of all expressions of love and that is God for He is “LOVE” the power that generates this world and our lives!!
To have this fruit in our lives it takes the work of the Holy Spirit, for only He can do it. I have heard that some believe it comes into our hearts at our conversion. My heart tells me differently. I believe through the molding by the potter’s hands, the Holy Spirit, creates these awesome fruit for the pursuit of God’s purpose to win the hearts of unbelievers to Him. They are not for the glorification of our lives but for the glory of God! However, it is this fruit that manifest the presence of the Holy Spirit that exist within our hearts.
I believe that all of this takes time for the Holy Spirit to work them into our hearts, it hasn’t happened overnight in my life, how about yours? God created a new heart to instill within it His blessed fruit which expresses His Life through the Holy Spirit that is living within us. Jesus taught that the Holy Spirit was to enforce the words: “The Kingdom of God is within you.” (Luke 17:21) If we desire true faith, we need to very gently and humbly yield to the Holy Spirit to do His work in us.
“Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling,
And to present you faultless
Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy.”