If I were a wise man, I would do my part. Yet what can I give him…… Give him my heart
Christina G. Rossetti
Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits. Psalm 103:2
One of the famous passages in Galatians says we should bear fruit. In fact, there are several places in the Bible where Christians are compared to growing things like grapevines and fruit-bearing trees. Do you think being a Christian is like being a tree? In some ways it is. The purpose of an apple tree is to bear apples. The way you know whether that tree is doing what it is supposed to do is when you pick an apple and take a bite. That’s how we are as Christians.
The test of whether we are growing “spiritually” is the fruit we produce. Galatians 5:22-23 says our fruit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such there is no law. What kind of fruit do people pick off your branches? The spirit of God lives in each believer and is the agent of change. He brings power to our lives that we would otherwise be without. With him in us, we have the ability to change and become more Christ-like.
Verses 22 & 23 list some of the areas the Holy Spirit can change in your life. In which areas could you use some help? Find a specific Scripture and use it to renew your mind. Memorize it; meditate on it; say it in your sleep! Then pray for the Holy Spirit to begin working. The most important part is that you cooperate with the Holy Spirit when he reminds you to be gentle instead of whining. It’s called obedience. Eventually little by little the whining will be replaced and you will have begun to make some changes in your life. My meditation scripture will be listed below on what I plan to meditate on today and I pray God directs each of you to the area in which you want to bear more juicy fruit! Eat it and enjoy it; as his word is food to your mind and soul! We might long to show more of the fruit of the Holy Spirit; The most important gift we can ever receive is God’s gift of his Son, our Savior, and with him forgiveness, restoration, and the promise of spiritual life that begins now and lasts forever. The most important gift we can ever give is to give Jesus our hearts. We all are striving in areas of our lives that test our character daily and the choice to serve God in all we do; giving him all the glory he surely deserves! Gratitude Attitude for the attributes he gives us & describes in Galatians verses 22 & 23. Without them we couldn’t be fervent for GOD!
Meditation Scripture for Self: Self-Control 2 Timothy 1:7
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.