When I’m living my way, the fruit is sin and death and destruction. When I’m living God’s way, the fruit is good and life-giving, both to me and to those around me. When I’m living under the leadership of the Holy Spirit, I’m loving, joy-filled, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle, and self-controlled. And now, more than ever, the world around us is looking for this kind of people.
fruit of the spirit
The fruit of the Spirit is definitely not a list of activities to try to do in your own power. Rather the fruit of the Spirit is simply the natural product of living in tune with, filled with, and in submission to the influence of the Spirit of God, moment by moment.
I learned in a public high school, nothing draws a crowd faster than a fight. Now that I’m an adult, the same is true, but usually the fight isn’t with fists but with words. The idea of fighting the good fight is definitely a biblical idea. We should fight for our purity and fight for the innocent and defenseless. But there’s another lesson I was taught as a kid. Sometimes it takes even more guts to walk away from a fight.
I’ve been a little exhausted by all of the “fightin’ words” I’ve seen displayed across my social media news.
“We’ve gotta fight for our rights… We’ve gotta fight the liberals… We’ve gotta fight to keep this country Christian, put God back in schools, etc…”
I get it. You’re frustrated. Here’s the big question we forget to ask though. WHO is it we’re really fighting with? I have no fight with liberals or conservatives or libertarians or anyone else. I have no fight with the LGBT community. I have no fight with non-Baptists or non-Christians or non-theists. Why? Because these are all people. Like me. And we all have three things in common.