But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
This time of year, citrus trees around the valley are ripe for the picking. Roads and groves are lined with different hues of yellow and orange, and fruit bowls in our kitchens are filling up with citrus. Before a tree bears fruit, it may be hard to know what sort of tree it actually is. However, once fruit begins to appear and later ripen, it’s easy to tell the difference between a lemon, orange, grapefruit, or tangerine tree.
Likewise, you can tell a lot about a person from the “fruit” they bear. Folks who are kindhearted and genteel are easy to trust, but those who are short-tempered and angry don’t exactly make the most appealing friends. The fruit we bear is a direct indication of the condition of our heart and soul. As we say at Sun Valley, “the issue isn’t with the fruit, but with the root.”
Once we say yes to Jesus, the Holy Spirit lives inside of us—and the fruit of that Spirit are the qualities listed in today’s passage. Which fruit of the Spirit do you see in your life regularly? Which ones are harder to see?
Prayer: Jesus, thank You for loving me as I am, not as I should be. Help me to follow You closely, so that my life can be marked by the fruit of You working in my heart. Amen.