The Lord’s love for you is so abundant. He has prepared a way for you; now follow Him along the path that Jesus has walked before you. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. (Galatians 5:25)
The fruit of the Spirit consists of nine visible attributes of the Christian life – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23) In your own strength, you cannot produce the fruit that comes from God. You first, must totally surrender your life to Jesus Christ.
If you have not begun your life in the Spirit, you can begin today. Follow Jesus, glorify the Lord and start to display God’s fruit. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in Him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. (John: 15:5)
So many people today call themselves Christians. How do you discern the truth of their actions? The Lord has given His guidance in (Matthew 7:16) You will know them by their fruits.
You can evaluate the fruits of the Spirit in your life with this diagnostic checklist:
Love – Do you do for others as Christ has done for you OR do you give to receive something in return?
Joy – Do you experience joy on a regular basis OR does your joy depend on your circumstances?
Peace– Do you feel frazzled by turmoil in your life OR do you experience “the peace that passes all understanding” (Philippians 4:6-7)
Patience – Do you easily get irritated when things don’t go your way OR do you keep a godly perspective during trials?
Kindness – Do you serve others with kindness OR are you more focused on your own needs rather than letting the goodness of God overflow to others?
Goodness – Does your heart conceal dishonestly OR Does your heart reflect the character of God?
Faithfulness – Do you have areas of hypocrisy and indifference toward others in your life OR is your life characterized by faith in Christ and faithfulness to those around you?
Gentleness – Do you come across to others as brash and headstrong OR do you allow the grace of God to flow through you to others?
Self-Control – Do fleshly desires control your life OR do you allow the Spirit to direct you to the things that please God and serve others?
God promises that if you will turn away from your own desires, He will empower you through His Spirit to live the abundant life He has created for you.
Thank you, Lord for the path you have prepared for me. Help me to keep in step with you and give evidence of the fruits of the Spirit within me.
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