Text: Galatians 5.22-26
Serving our brothers and sisters in Christ provides a great opportunity for God’s Spirit to produce his “fruit” in our lives: “love,a joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” (Galatians 5.22-23). Demonstrating compassion, unlike anything else, provides spaces for the Spirit to develop these characteristics only he can produce.
This is an important point to remember: we don’t (and can’t) produce these qualities on our own. As Pastor Manion said, “We have outside help.” Only the Holy Spirit can produce them in those who are surrendered to Jesus. As we spend time in The Chair, and as our relationship with Jesus grows, these fruits will be produced: “I [Jesus] am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15.5).
To help you remember the fruit God desires to produce, write Galatians 5.22-23 on a 3×5 card and carry it with you. Pray for God to develop these characteristics as you demonstrate compassion to others.