ARE YOU FRUIT-FULL?

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#FruitFULLFridays

 


“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.”

~ Galatians 5:22-23  (NIV)

Are you Fruit-FULL?

 

To kick off my Friday blog series for this month, and as part of the #bloglikecrazy challenge, I will be walking through a personal reflection on being FULL of the fruit of the Spirit and what it means to me personally to be “Fruit-FULL.”  *Notice “fruit” is singular for a reason. Something to ponder later.

 

Nevertheless, the inspiration behind this topic choice came from a sermon series I watched earlier this year called FruitFULL by Pastor Mike Todd of Transformation Church. I highly recommend taking a moment to go watch the full series on YouTube when you have a chance.

 

So this week’s theme verse comes from the book of Galatians:

 

“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.”

~ Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)

 

A very well known, highly preached on, passage of scripture, but how often in our day to day lives, as Christians, do we actually live out every single character trait listed? Do we portray one more than another? Let’s ponder for a moment, that the “Fruit of the Spirit” is one fruit, with nine characteristics. Hence the singular context. Like an  Apple can be described by its appearance, taste, smell, feel, and even the crisp sound it makes when it is plucked from the tree and bitten into. The Fruit of the Spirit is described in the same way. Each of its characteristic traits, how it looks, tastes, smells, feels, and even sounds can all be found in the way we bear it. How we show Love, be Joyful,  have Peace, demonstrate Forbearance, show Kindness, display Goodness, be Faithful, show Gentleness, and lead a Self-Controlled life.

 

How is this possible you may ask? A personal definition I have come to hold onto regarding this instruction from God is that each of these characteristics are postures of the heart. Scripture teaches that from the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks (Luke 6:45 ). Therefore, if we are to be outward displays of God’s fruit, the seeds of love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control, must first be implanted in our hearts.

 

But how? You may ask. Glad you asked. The answer. Ask God.  Ask Him to send His Holy Spirit to dwell in your heart because it is the Holy Spirit that is the bearer of this fruit (ie. fruit of the Spirit). As humans, we cannot bear this fruit of our own free will or hard work and human efforts. We have to remain connected to the source from which this fruit is rooted in.

 

Thus, as we continue to stay connected, we become FruitFULL and bear much fruit in every season of our daily lives. Next week’s post will dive further into this connection. Stay tuned.

 

Until Next Time,

 

Write From the Heart,

 

{Just Being} Candice Maria

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