I keep a basket of fruit on the kitchen counter. The basket and fruit change with the season, but there’s almost always a banana or two, a few tomatoes, and whatever fruit is in season. Right now, there are two red pears, three green apples, and a bunch of purple grapes. Looks perfect with my fall decor. How fortunate I am to live in a time and place where I can get almost any kind of fruit or vegetable in any season (if I’m willing to pay the price, of course).
When I got my braces off after four long years, I took an apple with me to the orthodontist’s office. I wanted to bite into a crisp, sweet apple after having to use an apple cutter for so long. That was probably the sweetest, juiciest apple I ever ate. 48 years later, I still remember the deliciousness of that apple!
My favorite breakfast is fruit and a piece of toast. In the winter, I eat half a grapefruit. Or maybe slice a banana onto an English muffin spread with peanut butter. During the summer, I enjoy variety: a peach with some blueberries, a blend of strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries, a slice of cantaloupe.
Sweet, delicious fruit brightens any day. It not only tastes good, it helps keep us healthy. God knew the importance of good fruit, not only for our physical bodies but for our spiritual well being. He wants us to cultivate that sweetness in our nature. And because we can’t do it on our own, He provides Spiritual fruit.
In my kitchen, near the counter where I keep my bowl of fruit, I wrote Galatians 5:22,
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
I need to be reminded that the Spirit’s fruit needs to be evident in my life. Others need to see it.
Not because I talk about it or point it out, but because I let the Holy Spirit work in my life. I pay attention to the whispering in my heart. When Van calls me from the other room, I need the fruit of patience so I don’t respond with irritation or annoyance. If I grow weary of doing a ministry, I need the fruit of faithfulness so I continue to help others in God’s family. No matter the situation or emotion, I need the fruit of joy, because I know God always, always, always has a plan for my good. When I’m tempted to say a sharp word, spend money I shouldn’t spend, eat an extra cookie or two, I need self-control. Only with the help of the Holy Spirit do I live in a way that honors Christ.
Several years ago, our pastor recommended a way to help get along with others. Listen carefully. What fruit of the Spirit can I offer them? How can I meet their need? With kindness? Gentleness? Love? I want to serve others through Christ and I can’t do it without bearing the fruit of the Spirit.
Prayer for Offering the Fruit of the Spirit
Thank You, Lord, for Your fruit of the Spirit. In every thought, every word, every action, I need Your help. Dig up the bitter plants that grow in my heart and replace them with Your sweet fruit. I need Your love to love others the way You love me. I need Your
- Joy to remind me of the hope I have in You
- Peace to calm my fears and worries
- Patience to trust You and wait for Your timing
- Kindness so I see others through Your eyes
- Goodness to overcome my selfishness
- Faithfulness so I persevere when times seem hard
- Gentleness instead of my arrogance and pride
- Self-control to overcome temptation.
As I walk more closely with You, may all who come into my home know the love and care of Christ because of the fruit of the Spirit in my life. Amen
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