Cultivating the Fruit of the Spirit
As I work with people, when you get right down to it, it is evident that what they really want is the fruit of the spirit in their lives. They want love. They want joy. They want peace. They want to be more patient with themselves and with others. They want to gain more self-control over their lives. Because we are created in the image of God, and the fruit of the spirit is God’s ideal for our lives, it should not surprise us that we inwardly crave for what God actually wants for us – what he created us to be.
In Galatians 5:22-23 the apostle Paul informs us that, “the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” The true road to contentment and inner tranquility runs right through this fruit of the spirit. The more we reflect Christ in our lives and become what God intends us to be as his creatures, the more we will have personal fulfillment here on earth. The farther we move away from God’s ideal for our lives the more we will have inner conflict and turmoil.
It seems odd and redundant to say that the more we cultivate love, joy, and peace in our lives the more we will have love, joy, and peace. However, the problem is that we are often looking for these things in the wrong places. Or, we are on the wrong road to get where we want to be. I am writing a series on cultivating the fruit of the spirit. Certainly not that I have perfected this in my own life, but my goal is to get us thinking about this topic as we are all on our own road to spiritual sanctification, health, and maturity.