Putting the Fruit Cart Before the Horse

Galations 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,¬†gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”

In conversation the other day, I said something that summed up perfectly what I’ve been studying for years. Much of my writing of late has focused around the Holy Spirit and this concept of child-like faith. So, I wanted to share with you a reader’s digest version of that which you’re probably tired of hearing about.

I’ve noticed recently how much time we truly spend pursuing the individual fruit of the Spirit. We pray for patience. We intentionally perform random acts of kindness. We buy books on self-control and go to a variety of classes or exercise in pursuit of peace. How much more efficient would it be to pursue one thing instead of nine? How much better to pursue the source of those traits than those traits themselves?

If we are one with the Spirit, the fruit come naturally. How’s that for an easy button?