Today’s post will be the first in a series on the fruit of the spirit. The fruit of the spirit is Love, Joy, Peace, Longsuffering, Gentleness, Goodness, Faith, Meekness, Temperance. Each one of these is extremely important in our daily Christian life. I’m sure that none of us would say that we have perfected all of these in our life. In fact, we would probably say that we haven’t perfected ANY of them! Do the fruits of the spirit have anything to do with the way that we live our Christian life? Absolutely!
I always think of the fruit of the spirit as flowers. What is the reason for growing a flower garden? Well, there are several different reasons. Mostly, because flowers are beautiful. I’m sure that we would all agree that a flower garden makes every home look nicer.
But then we realize that there are two very different kinds of flower gardens.
For the first example, we have a gardener who cares about her plants. She is planning months in advance to planting time. Starting some of the plants indoors under growing lights, and carefully sowing, watering, and tending to her little seedlings. As the temperatures outdoors begin to rise, she prepares the soil by fertilizing and mulching. When the time is right, she will bring out the seedlings and plant them in the good soil. She knows that they should grow into hardy, healthy plants because she has done all that she can to ensure a good start. But it doesn’t just stop there! Every single day, you will find her tending to her flower garden. Carefully watering each individual plant, and pulling out every little weed that she sees attempting to grow. She knows that if she doesn’t pull the weeds when they are small, before she knows it, they will take over the entire garden!
Now for the second example. All of her friends have grown a garden. They all look beautiful! Of course she should grow one too. She attempts to quickly plant some flowers in a patch of freshly dug dirt. The next day, she stands there looking down at the flowers. She wonders why they don’t look like everyone else’s flowers. Hers look small, dry and withered. She quickly waters them, but she doesn’t realize that you have to water them more than once if you want them to grow. Each day, the flowers that were once healthy little seedlings, are dying a little more. As the weeks go by, the weeds are growing strong. Pretty soon, the have taken over the entire garden. Because the weeds are taking all of the available water, sunlight, and nutrients, the poor little flowers soon wither away. As she stands there looking down at her little garden, she wonders what she could have done wrong! She thought it would be beautiful, but instead it is just filled with ugly weeds.
Are you getting the spiritual application here? The fruits of the spirit are love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance. Just like flowers, they need the right care in order for them to grow. Instead of water and sunlight, they require things like daily bible reading, consistent prayer time, regular church attendance, etc. We can’t expect the fruits of the spirit to grow in our life if we are surrounding ourselves with sin and worldliness. Those are the weeds that can try to grow in our lives. We need to learn what weeds look like. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that a weed is just another kind of flower. Before you know it, those ‘small little weeds’ that you didn’t think were a problem, will take over our life. When your life is filled with weeds, there won’t be any room left for the fruits of the spirit.
I’m so looking forward to starting this series! The next post will be on the first fruit of the spirit, love. Be sure to follow along!
Galatians 5:22,23 But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.