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12th October 2022


Fruitfulness

The Holy Spirit is the source of fruitfulness in our lives.
The fruit that pleases God & blesses people.
David foresaw it prophetically in the Old Testament (Psalm 112).
The Holy Spirit delivers it in the New Testament & today.


But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness,
goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Galatians 5:22-25 NKJV


The context of this passage is walking & staying in step with the Spirit.
To do that we crucify (put to death) the flesh & it’s (often unholy) appetites & desires.
Our passion is to stay close to, & in constant communion with, the Spirit who is the source of our fruitfulness.
The fruit of the Spirit is in the singular.
It is a multifaceted outpouring & expression of the love of God flowing to us & through us.
A bunch of grapes is a good picture or portrayal. One fruit but many parts.

The fruit of the Spirit is God’s love at action in us & through us.
Agape – the unconditional love of God. Selfless & sacrificial.
We have noted previously that this fruit can be understood as:

  • Joy is love rejoicing
  • Peace is love at rest
  • Patience is love waiting (nb: actively rather than passively)
  • Kindness is love interacting
  • Goodness is love initiating (moving & acting to bless)
  • Faithfulness is love keeping it’s word & promise
  • Gentleness is love empathising
  • Self-Control is love resisting temptation

The Holy Spirit brings forth the highest expression of love – God’s love – through us via His fruit.
How wonderful is that. There is no law against these things – each beautiful in their own right.
They will do us good & other people good too.
Even better than that they will please & delight the Father’s heart.
Let us therefore stay close to & in step with the Spirit so that His fruit flows freely to us & through us.


For Reflection

  • In what ways am I aiming & seeking to stay in step with the Spirit?
  • What expressions of God’s love are most evident in me & which are in need of further growth?
  • Meditate upon the multifaceted nature of God’s love.

A song related to this theme:


Prayer

Heavenly Father,
Thank you for the great gift of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus thank you that You live in me by Your Spirit.
Holy Spirit help me to follow Your lead & stay in step with You.
May I more readily hear & heed your instructions so that I keep growing in fruitfulness.
This I ask In Jesus mighty Name.
Amen

Written by Gareth Jones

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