Is the Fruit of the Spirit Bountiful in your Heart?

Do you and I show the Fruit of the Spirit in every situation? Consistency is hard, but with God's help we can have changed hearts and fruitful lives.

Springtime. As some of us are thawing out from the cold winter months, we begin to see some refreshing signs of Spring. The sun is out longer, birds are chirping cheerfully in the morning, and some of our favorite fruits are starting to bloom.  However, recently I was put in an unexpected situation and I got that feeling inside that the Fruits of the Spirit were nowhere to be found!

You know the feeling. You begin to feel a little warm around the collar, your jawbone gets tight as you slowly grind your teeth and bite your tongue.  A few years ago I would have begun to huff and puff, take some deep sighs, or just blow my cool!  I am thankful that this particular time my testimony for Christ was not ruined in this very public place.  I remembered a few words from what is becoming a new favorite passage of mine in Galatians.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.  Now those who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit; let us walk by the Spirit.”  Galatians 5:22-25

At the time, all I could remember of that passage was the love, joy, peace, and patience part.  However, just taking a minute to recite God’s word in my mind helped to cool my temperature, loosen up my jawbone, and confess to God my sin.  I’ve made a commitment to memorize the entire passage because I instantly felt the impact of remembering that portion of scripture!

That moment clarified for me that the Fruit of the Spirit is not always as bountiful in my heart as I’d like.  We need to do everything we can to foster a successful harvest of the Holy Spirit’s fruit each day as we represent Christ.   The things we do, say, and how we carry ourselves impact those around us. (seen or unseen)

It is easy to let frustrations, fear, or even the unexpected ruin the divine fruit of the Spirit that needs to be in abundant supply at any moment for harvesting.  Satan will attempt to use these circumstances to distract us from utilizing the source of fruit…the Holy Spirit.  This makes us more susceptible to sin and  damages our testimony.  I know there are some fruits that I am in short supply of at times and I need to seek God’s help in those areas especially.  What about you?  Are there areas where you can utilize more of the Holy Spirit’s fruit?

As we approach a brand new season, let’s prepare our hearts and minds by staying in God’s word daily and hiding it in our hearts.(Psalm 119:11)  We need to communicate with Him consistently in prayer asking for strength and wisdom to handle whatever may take place today.

When we practice these things, the Fruit of the Spirit will be bountiful when we need it most!

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10 comments

  1. Michele Morin says:

    Thanks for this call to discipleship, Horace! While it’s true that the fruit of the Spirit are produced by the work of God in the believer, it is also true that we have to put ourselves in the position of “keeping in step with the Spirit” in order for those amazing evidences of His working to be put on display!
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  2. Joanne Viola says:

    Wonderful reminder to “walk in the Spirit” each day so that our lives bear the fruit of the Spirit with all nine of the qualities evident in our lives. Blessings!

  3. Susan Shipe says:

    Horace, I heard it taught once – because it is the “fruit” of the Spirit (singular), LOVE, if we would just really LOVE then all the others just fall in place and are ours. BUT LOVE IS THE KEY. It would be like eating the fruit Adam and Eve were forbidden to eat…take one bite and it isn’t just one apple but all fruits combined. Does that make sense? Great post!
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  4. Dawn says:

    It is always necessary to settle deep in the fullness of His grace and mercy that are alive in His Word for us, Horace, and such a wise practice to let it be the first thing we look to rather than let our words form as response. I confess, I don’t always do that and I need to let this fruit of His Spirit bloom in my heart and my life more often.

    Thanks for sharing your wisdom as we begin to see the signs of spring bud and bloom.
    Blessings,
    Dawn
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