The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Do you know what fruit of the Spirit even means? I just really gave it some thought. I thought about Jesus’ parable of the sower whose seeds fall on good ground and grow, and some of his other seeds fall on other places that don’t help them grow very well. And I was thinking about God’s spirit being planted in me like a seed, and I pictured it being nurtured by other Christians who taught me love and peace through our relationship, and through doing good things for other people, and through God following through on his promises, and that little seed grew so much that it grew the love fruit and the joy fruit and the peace fruit in my life. And so on and so forth. (Although sometimes, that fruit is a little rotten, if you know what I mean, when I’m forget to be peaceful or loving or patient…)
Anyway, I think I identify with the peace fruit the most, because if there is one thing that has changed in my life since believing in JC, it is that I now have peace. I didn’t have that before. I wasn’t free in my heart or in my relationships. I suffered from great anxiety and some pretty serious issues as a result of that anxiety. I also suffered from a lot of drama in my relationships with my friends.
It is amazing to me what peaceful relationships you can have as a result of letting the Spirit into your heart. I feel like because I have forgiveness (or peace) from God, I have a sense of peace about my past. Because I trust in God, I have peace about the present and the future. And as a result, I forgive others and trust others. In my relationship with my husband and with others, I trust that if I have wronged them, that we can work it out and forgive each other.
Romans 8:6 -“The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace.”
I have noticed that when I am focused on myself, on my needs, on my desires, I am stressed. I am impatient. I yell at my daughter and husband. But when I focus on the Spirit, myself, my needs, my desires, they don’t matter. I am at peace with myself and in my relationships.
And it’s the best.
(and you can read that like Nacho Libre.)