We’ve heard about the fruit of the Spirit ever since we were kids. Even if you didn’t grow up in a church, you could still see it everywhere- from wall decors to Facebook posts. All my life, I thought it was something that I need to work on to acquire- a list where I can check off the areas in which I need improvement. But Chris Tiegreen, the author of The One Year with God Devotional (my devotional material), has taught me a different way of understanding the fruit of the Spirit.
Love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control are, as humans, not part of our nature. All those traits are found in God alone. The fruit of the Spirit is God’s character. It’s who He is. It doesn’t come from our own doing; it comes from God. It’s not about our attitudes, but it’s about Him. These are God’s traits that He wants to be visible in us. The only way that can happen is when we spend time with the Lord. So, if we find ourselves lacking in love, patience, joy, self-control or any fruit of the Spirit, we should ask God to magnify Himself in us rather than working to be better at those traits.
“This verse is not about who we strive to be, but about who we display.”
The question that we need to ask ourselves is not if we’re bearing enough fruit, but how deep is our relationship with the Lord for His character to reflect on us.
*featured photo not mine