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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

What Is the Fruit of the Spirit?

Galatians 5:22,23 lists nine words that describe the fruit of the Spirit: “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”

When we have this fruit in our lives, we show people we are Christians by how we act. The fruit of the Spirit is proof that we are becoming like Jesus.

Do Christians automatically grow this fruit? No. After we become Christians, we must choose to partner with the Holy Spirit to grow this fruit in our lives. We do our part by staying connected to Jesus, just like branches stay connected to the vine. Jesus described this in John 15:1-8 when He said, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing” (v. 5). We stay connected when we do things like pray and read the Bible.

Does growing up help us grow the fruit of the Spirit? Not always. We must choose to let the Holy Spirit help us grow His fruit in our lives. Even adults still need to choose every day to let the fruit of the Spirit show in their lives. As we grow the fruit, we’ll get better at showing others that Jesus is in our lives.

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