If bearing spiritual fruit is not some act of strict discipline, what is it?
As I mentioned yesterday the Fruit of the Spirit listed in Galatians 5:22-23
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
is not a collection of nine different virtues each standing alone. The word fruit in context is singular, so it should not be read the fruits of the Spirit are love and joy and… It’s more like: The fruit of the apple tree is red, round, sweet, juicy, containing seeds… Do you see what I mean.
So a reading like this might help. The fruit of a life marked by the Spirit’s work in a believer's would be walking in love, full of joy, governed and marked by peace…
It might help to understand that Jesus walked this way. When I read of the life of Jesus, I do not see a man driven by a strict life of discipline, but rather One Who kept connected to the Father because He delighted in the Father.
Doing the will of the Father was not something He struggled with. It was His food – meat no less. Veggies – well – when I was a kid, I had to be reminded, and as an adult sometimes it requires discipline to eat veggies, but meat – well – let me say it this way – you should not stand between me and the fillet.
Hey – I get that we need discipline in our lives. Self-control is actually one of the descriptors of this wonderful fruit your life is becoming.
Fruit grows when connected to the vine. Our job – our only real point of discipline is to stay connected. And frankly, this only requires discipline in the dark and hard times. Most of the time this disciple is more like delight.
Paul is not giving commands or even instructions in Galatians 5:22-23. He is explaining the outcome of a life lived by the one instruction he did give in vs 16 [Tweet This]
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.
Get up close to God today – Plug In – and stay plugged in.
God is crazy about you.
I agree with Him.