“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
In order to grow and become more like Christ, we need to be constantly working on developing the fruits of the spirit in our lives.
The only way to embody the Fruits of the Spirit is to live with the Spirit. To live in Christ and in constant connection to the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit resides in you; therefore, his fruits do too. But you need to put in the work to see them grow.
“No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.”
1 John 4:12
Unless you’re in community unless people rub up against you, you’re not going to know what’s in your heart.
Are you engaged in an authentic, life-giving community?
Who do you surround yourself with? Does your community build you up and push you closer to God, or are you deeply embedded in the world rather than the Kingdom? We need community to thrive. We need community to call us out and encourage us forward. When we do life alongside those who reflect the fruitfulness of a life with Christ to us, we can grow and thrive together—encouraging one another towards a deeper understanding of fruitfulness and what it means to lead a life defined by Christ.
Learn more about why community is essential to your walk with Christ here.
How are you living out the commission of Jesus for your life to be more missional?
“Every Christian is either a missionary or an imposter.”
No matter your spiritual giftings, there is room for mission in your life. How you do life and how the Fruit of the Spirit reflects in your life is an act of mission.
Do those around you long to know Jesus simply through how Jesus is reflected in you?
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”
When you follow Jesus, there is going to be some level of fruit in your life. Bearing fruit is the life-giving attachment you should have with Jesus.
How are you producing fruit in your life?
Is the fruit in your life evident both publicly and privately?
When you abide in Jesus, he will produce the fruit in you. Allow Jesus to seep into you, and you will produce fruit.