Good Fruit

 

Read: Galatians 5:13-26      

I have been at some gatherings recently where delicious fruit was a part of the menu.  In each case, the people gathered for the meal commented over and over about how delicious the fruit tasted. It reminded me about the Fruits of the Spirit in Galatians 5. Can you name them?    They are…. Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-Control. These are the fruits that God wants to see active and growing in our lives. When they are evident people will definitely notice.

In the introduction to his book  Fruits of the Spirit , Charles Hembree remembers an ancient fable. The fable tells of three merchants who were crossing the Arabian Desert. Because of the heat of the desert they were traveling at night. On that starless night they were crossing over a dry creek bed. As they were crossing a voice in the darkness spoke to them. The voice told them to stop right where they were. Then they were commanded to bend down and pick up the pebbles that were around them in the dry creek bed and put them in their pockets. After they did this they were told to leave and continue on their way and not to camp near the creek bed.

​The voice from the darkness continued to tell them that in the morning they would be both happy and sad. Being very frightened by all of this, they traveled through the night and did not stop until they could see the sun. With the arrival of the morning they began to look in their pockets. Instead of finding pebbles in their pockets they found precious jewels. Yes, they were both happy and sad. They were happy that they had listened to the voice of the night, but they were also sad that they did not pick up more pebbles.

​Charles Hembree goes on to say: “This legend beautifully expresses how many feel about the unsearchable riches of God’s Word. We are thrilled we have absorbed as much as we have, but sad because we have not absorbed much more.” He goes on to say that this sentiment certainly applies to these verses in Galatians which describes the fruit of the Spirit. Perhaps we should also call these fruits the jewels of the Spirit. The more of this good fruit that is produced in our life the better our lives and our world will be. However, these fruits are from the Lord and not from ourselves.

In verse 25 it says, “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” This means that when we look to God and trust in the wisdom of the Bible, we will be led and guided by the Holy Spirit. These fruits will then become a part of who we are, who others see, and will continue to grow in our lives. When people see the good fruit in your life they will know that God is a living and active part of your life.

Make it Personal:     Which of the Fruits of the Spirit need some cultivating in your life?  Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, Self-Control?  Start with one of them and work on growing that fruit in your life.  Then move to the next one that needs cultivating.  God will help you with the process if you ask for help.

Have a great week, Glen Rhodes, Arthur Mennonite Church