According to Scripture, you look like Jesus when your life resembles a fruitful orchard! Let’s begin a new series in Galatians 5, the Bible’s guide to growing the fruit of the Spirit!
We all want to grow lives that matter. Jesus desires the same for us and so beckons us into a relationship with him where he will grow his character in our own unique personalities: the fruit of the Spirit. We need to get past the peeling of the fruit of the Spirit to discover how a relationship with The Orchard Keeper grows us. The fruit of the Spirit is not about being nice. It’s about being like Jesus.
Whether it’s standing in line, waiting in the doctor’s office, or putting up with people who push our buttons, we have plenty of opportunities to develop patience. But it still seems to be the hardest fruit of the Spirit to grow! It’s an important fruit for spiritual health!
By the world’s standards, gentleness is a weakness, not a virtue! We’ve been taught it’s imperative we stand up for ourselves. Discover that biblical gentleness is not a sign of being feeble—it’s the foundation of true strength! We’re talking about one of the fruits of the Spirit.
Even a bottle labeled “fruit juice” can contain a large amount of artificial fruit flavors. It proves we can be easily fooled by inferior imitations. Let’s play the part of produce inspectors and look for evidence that what is happening in our lives is 100 percent fruit of the Spirit!