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God: Provides fruit of the Holy Spirit

Published: Wednesday, 16 July 2014 Written by Carlton L. Arnold

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.  Galatians 5:22-23

I love these verses.  When the world has me tied up in knots…when my insides are like a washing machine or a cement mixer…when all I have heard from others are negative thoughts…when the news (CONTINUES) to be bad and is getting worse…when I feel so beat up on the inside…when all these things and more seem to be attacking me right and left with no end in sight, I need something to change my perspective.  These verses change my perspective, and I hope they will yours.

This week has been a tough week for me physically.  In talking to a Brother in Christ, he sensed that my “emotions” were worn out.  He suggested that I read about the fruit of the Holy Spirit.  The above verse is very clear on what that fruit is: love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  I began to meditate on each one for a few minutes and my emotions seemed to be less significant in how I felt.  With this testimony in mind, there are three things that I hope you come away with from reading this article.

1.     A Believer saw another Believer hurting and was led by the Spirit to minister to that person.  This is the Body of Christ that makes up the Kingdom of God on this earth.  Too many of us Believers live in the Kingdom of this earth and never think that we do not belong to this earthly kingdom.  We belong to the Kingdom of God, and we should know how to act in that Kingdom.  Helping a Believer to stay on course with the life purpose God has for them is every other Believer’s responsibility for that Believer.  Helping others when they are hurting is the responsibility of every other Believer.  I hope you see that your sensitivity toward other Believers should actually be at a high level of awareness.

2.     Fruit is the end product of the growth process of a live plant or tree.  Fruit in the verses above are the results of Believers obeying God and following the Holy Spirit.  This kind of fruit cannot be grown or produced by the flesh in any Believer.  I would call that kind of fruit as “bad fruit”, and all it is good for is to be fed to the hogs.  I want to make this extremely clear to every Believer.  The only good fruit is the fruit produced by the working of the Holy Spirit.

3.     Finally, there is such a contrast between the fruit of the Spirit and the fruit of this world. For example, love – hate; joy – sadness; peace – fighting; forbearance (patience) - impatient; kindness – meanness; goodness – evil; faithfulness – untrustworthy; gentleness – harsh; and, self-control – flesh-control.  If you can expose yourself to an environment that has the fruit of the Spirit, you will experience a life that is free abundant.  BUT, expose yourself to the an environment that exhibits the opposite of the fruit of the Spirit, and you tell me what your attitude toward others, and your treatment toward others is like.  It is like the kingdom of this earth. 

Choose today to dwell on the fruit of the Spirit.  Watch for fruit to be produced in other Believers and what caused the fruit to be produced.  Let the Holy Spirit be your Counselor on how you react to the people in this world.

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