Fruit of the Spirit

orange pumpkins on brown grass field during daytime

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”  Galatians 5:22-23

What’s your favorite season of the year? With the hot summer that we have had so far, many people are probably looking ahead and thinking about fall. The cooler temperatures, drier air, and beautiful colors make fall hard to beat.

Throughout Wisconsin, we usually have a choice among numerous Fall Festivals, Pumpkin Festivals, Harvest Festivals, and so many others. It seems likely that all of these festivals will look different this year because of Covid, but that won’t keep the abundance of the season from maturing.

Think back to past festivals, the pumpkins, squash, gourds, and other vegetables and fruits that have ripened and are ready for us to enjoy. Their many colors, along with those of the leaves, brighten our day even as the days themselves are becoming shorter.

Imagine though if you walked into a pumpkin patch and found not pumpkins, but bananas! Or what would you think if an apple tree had watermelons hanging from it? This simply isn’t possible. We know that from a pumpkin seed we will produce more pumpkins and from an apple tree we will harvest apples. In fact, you can often identify the plant by the fruit it produces.

It’s really not so different with people. The fruit they produce, meaning their words and actions, can tell us a lot about the person and what’s inside.

In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus talks about trees and the fruit that they bear. He makes it clear that there is a strong connection between the tree and fruit that we see. A bad or diseased tree will only produce bad fruit. What’s more, we know a lot about the tree just by checking out the fruit that it is producing.

In Galatians 5, Paul provides a sample of the fruit of the Spirit that is evident in the lives of God’s children. These fruits are what one would naturally expect to see from a Christian. The Father sends His Holy Spirit to work in our lives and encourage us toward the good, to choose right over wrong, and show love instead of hate. We do good because of the good One who dwells within us. Let this be the fruit that others see today.

Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of the Holy Spirit who fills me with Your goodness. May that which You have placed in my heart, be fully expressed so that others may see You. Help me today to choose what is right and in keeping with Your will. Grant this Lord, for Jesus’ sake. Amen.

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