The Fruit Creator
A few months ago, while it was still winter, I planted seeds in trays, lightly sprayed them with water, and covered them with plastic in my green house. Then I waited. It was exciting to see the tiny plants breakthrough the soil, but because I didn’t label things as carefully as I should have, it was tough to tell some of the plants apart. But when I got home from S. Korea this past Sunday, it was easy. The fruit on the plants gave away each of their identities—cucumbers, bell peppers, hot peppers, squash, tomatoes, etc.
The Apostle Paul just gave us a chaotic list of fifteen acts of the deadly sin nature—a list he could have extended on and on. Now he sets forth in an orderly trinity of threes, labeling the fruit that the Holy Spirit generates in the lives of all who genuinely put their faith in Christ.
In Galatians 2:20 Paul stressed that our sin nature was crucified with Christ. Now he reveals the fruit that grows in our lives when we live by faith in the Son of God who loved us and gave himself for us. Of course, he begins with:
“Now the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace ...”
There was no peace for believers in Jerusalem and Judea when Saul, the terrorist, was terrorizing believers. But then Jesus knocked him to his knees, the persecutor became the proclaimer and the Spirit gave peace to the all the churches throughout Judea (Acts 9:31). And when God’s love and peace flow, joy is right there in the middle moving us to break into Spirit-filled songs of praise. Since we begin our life with Jesus by the gift of his Spirit, it only makes sense to keep in step with him day by day and the first evidence is that our lives will reveal love, joy, and peace (Gal. 3:3).
The Spirit’s power flowing through our lives causes us to feel God’s love so strongly that we call God our “Baba,“ “Daddy” (Gal. 4:6). Instead of biting and devouring one another in fights and quarrels, we love each other enough
to not turn away when a brother or sister is sick and needs our support (Gal. 4:14).
LORD, when my love, joy, and peace grows weak and the angry outbursts threaten, help me to immediately get back in step with the Spirit. Help me to be filled with his love, joy, and peace today.
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