Text: Galatians 5.22-25
It’d be nice if a tree could produce fruit on demand. Instead it takes time…lots of it. And it takes cultivation, pruning, and feeding. Growing fruit is not for the faint of heart. In Galatians 5.22-23, the Apostle Paul gives a list of some of the “fruits” that come as a result of walking with, and submitting to, the Holy Spirit. These are traits we can’t normally master on our own. But with the help of the Holy Spirit, we begin to bear these fruits on a consistent basis.
And just like a fruit tree, this takes time, pruning, and cultivation. Galatians 5.25 says it well, “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” For us to actually live like Jesus, we need to learn to listen to and obey the Holy Spirit. As we do, God transforms us into the kind of people who are loving, patient, kind, gentle, self-controlled, and so on.
Today, as you welcome God into your day, commit Galatians 5.22-23 to memory. By committing these fruits of the Spirit to memory, we prepare ourselves to be led by the Spirit and bear his fruit in our lives.