A Spirit-Filled Personality

Read: Galatians 5:16-26

We all have different personality traits.  Some of us are talkers, some are more reserved.  Some are very task oriented, others are more people focused.  Some are very organized and others are less concerned about those things.  Some love a day at the Arthur Cheese Festival, others would rather be at home reading a good book.  God made us different for a reason and all types of personalities are needed and should be valued in our world.

Last week I heard Joyce Meyer say something interesting.  She talked about having a Spirit-filled personality.  That phrase caught my attention because it implies that despite our DNA makeup we all have the ability to live by the Fruits of the Spirit that Paul describes in Galatians 5.  Those fruits of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control are not dependent on a person’s physical DNA, they are based on our spiritual dependence on Christ.

Susan Maycinik once wrote, “Love, joy, and all that other good stuff are the fruit of the Spirit, not the fruit of our efforts. We can’t produce them on our own. Period. The fruit comes only as we submit our lives and let the Spirit control us.”  In verse 24 of Galatians 5 Paul says that if we belong to Jesus Christ then we need to crucify our sinful nature and the passions and desires that go along with that nature.  He goes on to say that if we are living by the Spirit then we need to keep in step with the Spirit and these fruits that he mentions.

As frustrating as it might be sometimes I am glad that we all have different personalities.  It adds spice to life and provides us with many different perspectives and ideas as we live together.  But as Christians our personalities should be grounded in the Holy Spirit.  This is how we should live together and be the church of Jesus Christ that brings light to the world.  Maybe the next time someone asks us about our personality we should start with the Fruits of the Spirit instead of describing our natural tendencies?

On a light note to end this week I heard this story about the Fruits of the Spirit.  A father was trying to teach his very young daughter the Fruits of the Spirit and he asked her to recite them.  This is what she said, “Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and remote control.”  I am so thankful that the young children at our church have learned these fruits through a song that they sing during Sunday School time.  Just another great reason to bring your children to church on Sunday!

Make it personal:  Pray the Fruits of the Spirit into your life this week.  The more we pray them, take note of them, and ask Christ to foster them in our lives, the more they will become evident to us and others.  Lord, lead us by your Holy Spirit and help us to keep in step with the Spirit as we live our lives.
Have a Spirit-Filled week, Glen Rhodes, Arthur Mennonite Church